The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

a story about bad grammar and non-existent punctuation and my TEFL adventures

5 Reasons Not To Be a TEFL Teacher

So I stumbled on this gem of an article by JimmyESL and he got me thinking. There are so many articles around on why you should be teaching abroad (most … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

British Council CPD: Reflective Teaching

Because I’ve been away from TEFL for a month or so, I decided that I should do some CPD as a way to get back into the game. As luck … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Newbie TEFL issues: TTT

For the last four weeks I’ve been back in the classroom as a TEFL trainer for the school I am currently working for. My TEFL career has recently taken me … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

an open letter to all TEFL teachers

I’ve always been a big fan of the EFL community and I regularly read words of advice from other TEFL teachers and borrow ideas and resources for lessons, and what I … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

Teaching idioms: a piece of cake

How on earth is anyone supposed to know that killing two birds with one stone doesn’t involve birds, stones or killing, or that to tell someone to break a leg is a positive thing rather than a wish for their pain, not to mention that a fat chance and a slim chance mean the same thing?

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Professional development: It’s a love/hate thing

So, in my spare time (hahahahahah) I write blog posts for the British Council Teaching English website. Every two months we are given a set of topics and can basically … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

#IATEFL2016: Michael McCarthy

So for my second IATEFL at-home conference I watched a talk by Michal McCarthy – of Vocab/Collocations/Idioms in Use fame. Though his topic was quite dry (but on something I’ve … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Free! Gratis! Mahala!

Now that I’ve got your attention…:-) Something useful for any of your students thinking about doing or preparing for the IELTS exam: The British Council and FutureLearn are doing an … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

teacher request: how to deal with a difficult class

So this is the first in hopefully many posts which respond to teacher’s problems. Feel free to send me issues you may be having in your classroom or otherwise and … Continue reading

March 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

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