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Forum: Teaching ESL Dec 4th, 2012, 07:33 am
Replies: 7
Views: 10,722
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Don't know how to make my lessons fun and interesting

Fair enough. But only if these teachers are good!



Good for you!

ICAL_Pete, may I ask on which major points you realized you had been going wrong? "Newbie mistakes" or whatever you might call...
Forum: Teaching ESL Dec 4th, 2012, 04:16 am
Replies: 7
Views: 10,722
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Don't know how to make my lessons fun and interesting

Can I suggest that you get some training? It really would be a good idea! I spent my first year without training and floundered badly; I went back and did a TEFL course and suddenly realised where...
Forum: Teaching ESL Nov 20th, 2012, 08:14 am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,768
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Teaching ESL to a very active child

As a general introduction you might want to look at this post on Young Learners (http://www.icaltefl.com/index.php/resources-2/tefl-tesol-teaching/78-teyl-teaching-english-to-young-learners/665-teyl)...
Forum: English Questions Oct 17th, 2012, 06:52 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,946
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: why is a concordancer reliable?

Sorry, I don't understand what you mean. What are you looking for exactly?
Forum: English Questions Oct 17th, 2012, 05:19 am
Replies: 4
Views: 1,946
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: why is a concordancer reliable?

All things being equal a concordancer is only as reliable as the corpus (http://www.icaltefl.com/index.php/resources-2/tefl-tesol-teaching/38-call-computer-assisted-language-learning/375-corpus) it...
Forum: Advertise Your Services Oct 12th, 2012, 05:53 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,351
Posted By ICAL_Pete
TEFL Resource Library

The ICAL TEFL Resource Library is a free resource library for TEFL - this includes over 1,000 articles on all aspects of the industry from finding work, country profiles, lesson planning, classroom...
Forum: English Questions Oct 8th, 2012, 05:01 am
Replies: 8
Views: 2,218
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: such a thing is detrimental to the society as a whole

I would also add that in this case it also appears to be the mindset of the author. If the author - without explicitly saying it - is thinking about a subset of "society" (i.e. a group within that...
Forum: Teaching ESL Oct 6th, 2012, 03:22 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,512
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Anyone else have to adjust to kindergarten?

I don't envy you; it's hard work. I think though that the golden rule here is to keep it as simple as possible. Meaning tons of repetition and never being afraid to go back over what you've been...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 28th, 2012, 08:14 am
Replies: 16
Views: 9,778
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Your strategies for large classes

There's also a bunch of ideas here: Dealing with Large Classes (http://www.icaltefl.com/index.php/resources/tefl-tesol-teaching/26-teaching-techniques/277-dealing-with-large-classes).

Not all will...
Forum: General Chat Nov 14th, 2009, 06:34 am
Replies: 23
Views: 11,161
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: How to Better yourself as a teacher?

When you talk about "online refresher courses" what kind of things would you be wanting to learn about there? Latest techniques? Classroom teaching ideas?

I'm not aware of any such courses but it's...
Forum: Teaching ESL Sep 22nd, 2009, 06:46 am
Replies: 2
Views: 3,867
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: The order in which to teach tenses

It will depend on why your student is learning English and you may have to adapt this list to suit their needs, but in general I would say it's going to be:

present simple, present continuous
past...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 31st, 2009, 06:36 am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,787
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: First BASIC class?

Keep things simple. Use plenty of gestures and try to introduce a few very basic phrases without rushing them.

By the end of the class they should be able to say, for example,

"Hello"
"My name is...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 28th, 2009, 05:24 am
Replies: 12
Views: 2,686
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Boy Do I Need Help!!

There is so much to learn, you simply can't make a good job of it by reading a couple of pages online unfortunately.

I would recommend that first you start off on a TEFL course to get some good...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 27th, 2009, 04:05 am
Replies: 4
Views: 5,830
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Help with new lessons for large classes

It's never easy with a big class and the ideas you're using sound good.

I don't think it's a matter of finding activities for the whole class but rather approaching the class in a different manner,...
Forum: Teaching ESL Aug 21st, 2009, 01:51 am
Replies: 6
Views: 3,234
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: I am such a new ESL teacher that I don't know what to ask

Creating a curriculum or syllabus (http://icalweb.com/wiki/index.php?title=Syllabus) for a class is a complex and involved process. You need to begin with a Needs Analysis...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 22nd, 2009, 08:48 am
Replies: 2
Views: 2,321
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: ESL/EFL Teacher qualification - Skills in other languages

Generally, teachers who have experienced first hand the "trials and tribulations" of learning a second or foreign language tend to develop a greater sensitivity towards students’ needs and have a...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jul 22nd, 2009, 08:32 am
Replies: 1
Views: 1,562
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: TESOL Training Courses

The general perception is that the less hours a course is worth the less is the value of the certificate. It’s got to be said though that employers rarely specify how many hrs a TESL/TEFL Certificate...
Forum: General Chat Jun 5th, 2009, 06:02 am
Replies: 23
Views: 11,161
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: How to Better yourself as a teacher?

I can only speak from our experience as TEFL course providers. We have many English teachers who come to us for a refresher course or simply to challenge their knowledge further, learn new techniques...
Forum: Teaching ESL Jun 5th, 2009, 05:36 am
Replies: 5
Views: 2,129
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Wow, how many sites are there?

The ICALwiki (http://www.icalweb.com/wiki). Not just another teachers site.

With over 520 up-to-date articles on all sorts of ELT related subjects the ICALwiki is a great free ELT resource for all...
Forum: Teaching ESL May 15th, 2009, 06:59 am
Replies: 3
Views: 2,398
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Your very first class...

Yes, teaching for the first time can be daunting. You have done your training; you have your Certificate to prove you are prepared; you have passed the job interview and got the job! And yet you feel...
Forum: ESL Games and Activities May 15th, 2009, 06:42 am
Replies: 5
Views: 22,954
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Pronunciation games and activities

Try also games based on tongue twisters and minimal pair work.

See these two ICALwiki (http://www.icalweb.com/wiki)articles to learn how you can use them in your lessons and help your students...
Forum: General Chat May 15th, 2009, 06:34 am
Replies: 19
Views: 6,933
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Teaching online

Talking about skypeing your students there is an article (http://icalweb.com/wiki/index.php?title=Email_in_the_Classroom) in the ICALwiki (http://www.icalweb.com/wiki) you might like to refer to for...
Forum: Teaching ESL Apr 24th, 2009, 05:48 am
Replies: 3
Views: 3,493
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Controlling students in the ESL/EFL classroom

There are a couple of interesting articles on this topic in the ICALwiki (http://www.icalweb.com/wiki). They offer useful tips and practical ideas on how to motivate students and keep them in...
Forum: General Chat Feb 20th, 2009, 09:31 am
Replies: 5
Views: 20,252
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: one to one conversation class

Often students will say they just want conversation. This is fine but you will still need to plan for it. Talking is good but for conversation to be effective you need to structure it.

Prepare your...
Forum: Teaching ESL Feb 20th, 2009, 09:22 am
Replies: 2
Views: 1,986
Posted By ICAL_Pete
Re: Does anyone have any curicullum advice?

Are you familiar with preparing a syllabus? Have you carried out a needs analysis yet?

These first two steps will help you put togheter a good course for your students. One that will guarantee...
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