Don’t hurt my feelings [Reblog]

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Relax! Speak English; many thanks for sharing this post. It is always good to have examples of what a TEFL teacher can do with their classes. I hope that it is okay that I have reblogged this on my blog. What do you all think of these examples? I hope to use them in my classes in the future.

Relax! Speak English

1) Look at these feelings. Are they positive, negative or neutral? Try to use them in the following sentences:

cheerful, confused, content, ecstatic, envious, frustrated, grateful, indifferent, miserable, moody

Feelings

1. After such a wonderful meal, we all felt________

2. Joe is_____________towards the suffering of other people. It looks like he doesn’t care at all.

3. I’d be very __________ if you could help me with my homework.

4. Bob’s new girlfriend is extremely_______ you never know whether she’s going to smile or cry.

5. Jane has to work seven days a week. She feels _________ towards people who have the weekend off.

6. It’s been raining almost every day this summer. Everyone feels_____________

7. Jim was absolutely_____________when he won the lottery.

8. My cousin has been trying to pass her driving test for over two years. She feels very_______

2) Match the ordinary feelings on the right…

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Stop Taking my Pencils!

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I think that this is a fabulous idea! Just would I get away with it?! I wonder how they feel when the students are using them… I have also said “swap for a pencil”; but the current place I am working in frown upon asking a student for the show for a pencil. I have found that it has worked; but only if all the teachers use the system!

The Ardent Teacher

I don’t know about you, but no matter what I have tried in the past, my pencils always seem to disappear! I have a special holder on my desk for ‘student pencils.’ I have previously asked them to leave a shoe in exchange for a pencil. I thought that if my students would hobble around my classroom with only one shoe, they would surely remember to give me my pencil back. But, sure enough, my pencils would slowly disappear! So, I recently came up with a new idea for keeping my pencils from getting “kidnapped” (napped by kids) and thought I would share it with you!

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WordTube

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What an fabulous idea! It would be fab for topical keywords as well. I am adding this to my list of resources.

SophieSensei

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An upgrade of my previous posts: Box o’ Words and Wall of Wisdom.

Throughout the week, students add new vocabulary to the tube (or box or wall) and on Friday it’s emptied and used for revision any way you like. E.g. use this word in a sentence, define the word etc.

You could use different coloured card for different parts of speech. Green for verbs, orange for adjectives, purple for idioms/phrases and so on.

What do you think?

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FREE ESL Lesson Plan: Make a Group Text

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We all have to love English Banana! You all have to have a look at this…

Wow! I have not seen this book…I am a little excited about it now. Downloading right now! As the book is in the public domain; I thought I would share with all of you!

English Banana.com ESL Blog

This is a free lesson plan from You Are The Course Book – Lesson Plans by Matt Purland. You can download the complete book for free here. (.pdf – 6 MB)This book is in the public domain, which means that anybody can use it for commercial and non-commercial purposes.

Method:

1. Stage 2.1 First Draft – Initial Ideas:
Explain that the whole group is going to write a shared text with 8 sentences on the board, which includes an agreed number of vocabulary words and phrases. T states or elicits a text type, e.g. an informal email. A SS from one team comes up and writes their sentence at the top of the board. A student from another group comes up and writes the next, and this continues until there are 8 sentences and SS from each group have participated. As they write, all of the other SS have…

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Video virals: Thai student swears at foreign teacher

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The video has made me a little nervous now. I have reblogged it; I am glad that I did the Teaching in Thailand module from i-to-i! The class is not speaking English…what’s up with that?!

I do not take any of this BS in my current school; but then this behaviour is becoming more and more as technology becomes more advanced.

Let’s just take note people…

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This video has been doing the rounds on Thai news websites and a number of TEFL teaching groups I’m in. Watching it, I was taken back to many a moment in my own time TEFL teaching in a Thai government school!

A loose translation of what the boy is saying, courtesy of Bangkok Post:

“They’re hiring you to teach. Why the &*$@ do you scratch your foot? Do your work! This is my country. Understand? I’m scolding you and you still don’t look at me. Animal! Monitor Lizard? Look at me!

“You’re wearing black. Are you going to your father’s funeral?

“You’re scratching your foot again. You have no manners.”

Although these words might not appear hugely offensive, cultural differences need to be taken into account.  For example, you do not want to be called a monitor lizard (or a dog, or buffalo equally) in Thailand.  The Thai word…

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Everything You Need To Know About The Cost Of Living In… Japan

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Everything You Need To Know About The Cost Of Living In… Japan.

Japan is amongst the most popular TEFL destinations in the world, and apart from being an extremely exciting place to visit, there’s generally a high demand for teachers in the area. Along with Korea and Taiwan, the average salaries are amongst the highest you can earn TEFLing anywhere in the world!

Japan is one of the places on my list of countries; it is the culture and the colours of the land that is attracting me…I saw this post on the and I want to share it with all of you

Enjoy!

Six Worries New TEFL Teachers Have & How To Cope with Them…

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Six Worries New TEFL Teachers Have & How To Cope with Them….

I have found this post interesting; going to keep it in my “knowledge bank” ready for when I am off!

Many thanks for posting i-to-i!!

My Dear Fellow …

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My Dear Fellow Teflers,

Sadly, I recently became a victim of a scam (Advance Fee Employment Fraud) involving what I thought was a perfectly legitimate EFL job. I went through the interview, via Skype, had the contract sent to me, photos of my accommodation were also sent. I suppose it’s perhaps best for me not to mention the company in question (I’m not sure if it’s allowed on this site); suffice to say that, apart from losing £200.00, I escaped with little damage done to my personal data etc.

The i-to-i help desk was a life-saver as their advice saved me from what could have been a far, far worse situation. Thank you so much you guy’s – you’re a God-send!

In our desire and passion to teach, to find that TEFL/EFL job that will fulfil our aspirations, we sometimes forget that there are, on the opposite side of the equation, individuals out there, cunning, immoral characters who are equally passionate about ruining our hopes and dreams, our aspirations through corruption and deceit – in short, scams!

My dear fellow Teflers, I ask you please to research carefully, keeping in mind the following websites when receiving what seem to be perfectly legitimate emails, from so-called EFL schools, Institutions etc.: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchscams/a/top-10-internet-job-scams.htm

http://www.totalesl.com//ESL-TEFL-TESOL-Employment-Scams.php

http://rssorange.com/6515/ (ESL Jobs Forum)

http://www.google.co.uk/safetycenter/

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/scam-emails

There is much more I could add, suffice to say that what has been written by http://www.tefl.net/esl-jobs/esl-jobs.pl sums it up far better than I ever could:

Teacher Tips: Beware of schools or agencies that ask you to send any kind of payment (for ‘application’, ‘visa processing’ etc.). NEVER send bank or credit card details to employers. Jobs that sound ‘too good to be true’ probably are! If any TEFL.net job advertiser requests money from you, please contact us immediately.

To be warned is to be prepared; all the very best in your job search and keep safe.

I recently found this on the I-to-I TEFL Chalkboard written by Sawas and I felt that should past it on! I am always worried about Scammers in the TEFL world. I now know to stay worried!