The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

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

a few notes on the DELTA

After a couple of years of teaching you might find yourself wondering if there’s more to TEFL than PPP. If you are, welcome to the next step. The next step … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

to sleep, perchance to dream: the effects of sleep on learning

Following on from yesterday’s post: the effects of sleep on learning. We know (from yesterday’s post) that cramming doesn’t have much impact on long-term learning and that it is more effective … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Master’s take-away: the memory curve

We all spend a fair amount of our lives in a classroom or studying or trying to learn something. I have spent almost 17 years of my life trying to … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 6 Comments

reactive teaching

The May issue of English Teaching Professional is now out and I’m drinking my first cup of tea for the day, watching the rain fall outside and generally having a … Continue reading

May 28, 2015 · 4 Comments

lesson planning logic: start from the end

If you’ve ever done a TEFL or CELTA course, your head will be filled with acronyms like PPP, ARC, ESA and a lot of other variations that you have probably … Continue reading

April 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

keep calm and step away from the coursebook

Teaching is not always easy. Every day, for every lesson, we balance the needs of your students, the expectations and regulations of your school and our own time constraints and come … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

the importance of a good model

Monkey see, monkey do. I’m not trying to be insulting, but it’s true. Your students will try to copy you at all times. As a South African working in language … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

clowning around: teacher roles

So you think you’re a teacher, do you? Well, think again. The one thing about TEFL teaching is that it seems to be different to mainstream teaching – the same teaching rules don’t seem … Continue reading

February 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

memory lane

If we think back on our school days, we usually remember a handful of teachers quite clearly, while the others fade into a mist of mediocrity. Not that they were mediocre, … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment