General Advice

By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

No Summer School Blues: Avoiding Summer School Stress

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On the surface, summer school EFL teaching appears more relaxed than other EFL teaching disciplines. But this can be deceptive. The language delivery may be less stringent and high-powered than exam or higher level general English classes, but there other stresses to bear in mind. Below are a few of the stresses you may encounter, and tips on how to deal with them.

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How To Have Fun And Stay In Control Of Your TEFL Class

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Teaching English at a UK summer camp? Prepare yourself for a fun-filled environment…and a lot of hard work! The tricky part to any teaching job is getting the balance right between being your student’s teacher but also someone they respect, like and trust. Yet when the main draw for many English learners to a UK summer school is the fun environment, with many summer schools offering music, sport and other extra-curricular activities, how does the teacher stay in control?

In this article I’ll share with you three top tips for every TEFL teacher considering teaching at a summer school.

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Guest post by Andrea Picaso Fritz

Language Immersion

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Immersion is generally thought to be the best technique for learning a language. The basic idea is: if you are surrounded by a particular language, hearing and speaking it every day, then you will learn it far more quickly than you would if you were just learning in a classroom. Of course, classroom learning has its place – learning the rules of grammar provides the basis for greater linguistic sophistication. But immersion, whether alongside classroom learning or not, is guaranteed to dramatically help with vocabulary and fluency. Summer school students in the UK have a great opportunity to be immersed in English during their time away from home. Here are some ideas for you and your students to immerse yourselves in a language:

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by Clara Harland

Preparing For Hot Potato Syndrome

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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 Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Summer TEFL Jobs

Finding a summer TEFL job in 2012

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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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Summer TEFL Jobs in London

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

Summer TEFL Jobs in London

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

Teaching English at a UK based summer school: The Basics

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Every year between the months of June to August there are a huge number of UK summer TEFL jobs available. There are over 400 English language summer schools in England alone.

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