Summer TEFL Teacher Advice

By Daniela Pesconi-Arthur

I imagine that teaching teenagers is one of most teachers’ biggest nightmares. Especially if these teenagers come from the same country, from the same school and will be in the same group while studying abroad. Uh-oh… What are the problems a summer course teacher is likely to encounter? Let’s take a look:

  • Daniela's ClassAll your students (or most of them) speak the same language (not English, obviously);
  •  Most of these students will insist on communicating in their own language;
  •  Mobile phones, cameras, iPods and other types of gadgets will probably be more interesting to them than learning the Present Perfect Continuous; and so on.

So you might be asking yourself: what should I do? Don’t panic, I’d say. If this is not your first time teaching at summer school, you will be just fine, like the previous years. However, if this IS your first summer school, you might be a bit apprehensive. I don’t blame you at all.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Summer TEFL Jobs

Finding a summer TEFL job in 2012

Stephen McCulloch [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

2012 is fast approaching, and the beginning of the year will be the best time to apply for Summer TEFL Jobs.

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By Dana Yu
@danamyu

FlyersDon’t forget that you can make your lessons your own. It is always important to understand and adhere to each school’s policies, but being creative with your class, even in small ways, can make a huge difference.

When you’re on a residential placement over summer, one way to spice up your lessons is by incorporating items from home into the classroom. No matter what age or what level, your students will be excited to learn about your culture and to see authentic bits and pieces from your life at home.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Summer TEFL Jobs

What to expect as a residential summer school teacher

By Toby Ord (Own work (Photo by uploader)) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Many summer schools have residential summer TEFL jobs as well as standard positions. This is usually for two reasons. The schools need responsible adults to supervise the teenage students, carry out administrative duties and arrange fun activities outside of the times allotted for English lessons. Also many summer schools are in relatively out of the way, rural locations. In order to encourage teachers to take up positions, they often offer them free or heavily subsidised accommodation plus full or half board options.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Summer TEFL Jobs

Teaching English Resources for Teens

Most summer TEFL jobs involve teaching teenagers. That’s why it’s important for teachers to have some good teaching English resources for teens.

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Summer TEFL Jobs in London

By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and former director at Summer TEFL Jobs

Summer TEFL Jobs in London

By Graeme Maclean (originally posted to Flickr as hdr parliament) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Language schools in London are a lot busier between June-August, meaning there are a lot of summer TEFL jobs in London on offer.

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