The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

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

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 · 1 Comment

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

stuck in the mud: a case for teacher development

What usually happens to me after a while, wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, is I start to feel a bit stuck. This is nobody else’s fault but my … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

where to teach part 3

So the time finally came when I packed my bags and left Asia behind. Leaving was hard but necessary, as I came to a point where I realised if I … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

summer lovin’

Last week, Cape Town experienced her hottest day in a century. Temperatures hit 43 degrees Celsius, and stepping out from the aircon turned you into a sweaty mess immediately. It … Continue reading

March 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

me, myself and I

One thing teachers need to remember when they deal with students, is that their students are human. Even Earth, the 12-year-old wrestler picking his nose in the corner and grunting at … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 5 Comments