The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

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From the mouths of babes

Another share today. This time an article which I stumbled on which I think is really interesting. There is always a lot of talk about how coursebooks are/can be outdated … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

what a difference a desk makes

A classroom is a classroom is a classroom. There are so many things to think about before we even step into the classroom that it’s no surprise that we often … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

the old guard vs the new guard: dealing with the generation gap

So let’s stay on the topic of teaching adults for a while, since this is where I’m most comfortable. That’s not to say that teaching adults is all fun and … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

the joys of teaching adults

For me, teaching adults is the best situation ever. If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll know I’m not the biggest fan of teaching kidlets and I just … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

the 1-2-1 dilemma

Teaching 1-2-1 students is a daunting thought. While in Cambridge, the DoS who had the balls to give me exam classes when I knew nothing about them, also decided to … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

when flipping fails

Yesterday I wrote about utilising the idea of the flipped classroom  and today I’m going to think about the problems this may bring about. I think one of the main … Continue reading

May 12, 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

teaching adults

Working in London was, for me, my first experience working in a language school and teaching adults. Teaching children had been challenging and exhausting (see A day in the life), … Continue reading

March 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

what it’s really like to teach in a language school

Language schools are well on their way to world domination. Most ordinary folk don’t realise the full extent of their existence but it’s quite frightening when you think about it. … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 1 Comment