Summer TEFL Teacher Advice

by Clara Harland

Preparing For Hot Potato Syndrome

Tilmann at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

After stumbling my way through a Trinity qualification in Prague during which I’d had to face and start to overcome The Grammar Fear, my first teaching job turned out to be back in a UK summer school. There’s nothing quite like a summer school for that all-immersive, chuck you in at the deep end type of teaching experience and that first season provided what felt like an Everest steepness of learning curves for me.

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by Amy Harris

5 Ways to Make Your English Language Lessons More Teen-friendly

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Teaching teenagers can be a challenge, however they will be only too aware that learning the English language is the gateway to many opportunities for them in the future and they should therefore be keen to engage.

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by Manjusha Nambiar

How To Teach Formal And Informal Language

People speak and write in different ways on different occasions. In Indian languages, for example, there are some complicated rules about how to speak to older people. English doesn’t have a system of this kind. However, in English too, some words and expressions are mainly used in formal situations. There are also words and expressions that are only used in informal situations. Writing tends to be formal whereas speech is usually informal. Here are a few tips to teach formal and informal language to your students.

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A day out with students in London

by Jonathan Last @JonathanLast1
TEFL teacher and author of Teaching English with Chopsticks: TEFL from the Frontline

Learning a language is an active pursuit.  It’s not about abstract theory – even if it has theory – but rather it is grounded in the real world as one of the most practical things you can study.  Commanding a new dialect, being able to read, write, listen and speak it as well as understanding context, is about learning to interact with the environment around you.

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Residential summer schools

Home or Away?

Residential or Non-Residential Summer School?

Working in Summer Schools can be exhilarating, developmental, fun and lucrative (yes, lucrative!), depending on the choices you make.

First, you might like to decide whether you want to work in a residential or non-residential environment.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

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By Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

Hi again!

studentsIn my last article I mentioned an activity I used with my students and some photos they had taken of when they saw the Queen. Today I’m going to explain how you can do it too. You– and your students – are going to love it! Discussing pictures, videos and other documents will never be the same again, and your students will love to “show off” to parents and friends! It’s not complicated at all! Let’s go step by step.

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