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

New post on British Council Teaching English blog

As I’ve mentioned before (here and here), when I have a few spare moments – which, with a 3-month old, are few and far between right now – I blog … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Behind the scenes of Jellybeanqueen: #ELTbehindthescenes

My blogging record has been shameful this year (I have a valid excuse, I promise!), but I have still been keeping up with reading the usual blogs I follow and … Continue reading

May 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Game shows for the EFL classroom

Confession: This year seems to have run away with me. Since the end of last year I got sucked into that deep, dark hole of “making a living” and I … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

My students’ favourite error correction activity

Believe it or not and contrary to popular belief, my students love error correction. I know there are a lot of studies on anxiety in the classroom and subsequent advice … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 12 Comments

Travel Tuesday: sun, sweat and sand

As a TEFL teacher, one of my dreams has always been to teach for the British Council. Over the years I have applied for numerous jobs with them with no … Continue reading

November 1, 2016 · 8 Comments

Would you rather…?

Here’s a fun activity which many of you may be familiar with. Would you rather…? is a game where you are asked to choose between two usually impossible choices – … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Travel Tuesday: chai tea and naan bread

For this Travel Tuesday I am looking back at a holiday I took in 2007. I was due to start my Master’s degree later that year so I did what … Continue reading

October 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

A different first-day activity

There are loads of activities for the first day of a new class on the internet and in your coursebooks, but I find a lot of them same-y. That doesn’t mean … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

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