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Teaching classes again

Remember those cutting boards I wrote about earlier? Well, I’ve now started teaching workshops on how to make them at Techshop. So far I’ve just taught two – one in September and one in October. They both went really well … Continue reading

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The Fates don’t want me to go to South Korea?

So I work in South Korea teaching English, and as part of Korean immigration law I have to send an FBI criminal background check to prove I’m not a criminal when I get a new job. After getting the background … Continue reading

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My CELTA Experience

I wrote about my CELTA experience on this blog both for self reflection, and to give advice to anyone who might be considering taking the CELTA. So, below is a general reflection on my thoughts after taking the CELTA, as … Continue reading

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CELTA Top 10

This is my own, individual list of observations about my own CELTA performance and others in my CELTA group, I expect every trainee would make a slightly different list, but these are the ones that were important for me. A … Continue reading

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My CELTA Class

This is a picture of the students and instructors in my intermediate level class on the last day of the CELTA program, sadly I don’t have a picture of my beginners class. The students in the IH Bangkok CELTA program are real … Continue reading

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The instructors and their expectations

The Instructors During my CELTA course I had two main instructors – Barry and John. They both had similar backgrounds – they were from the UK, had years of experience teaching, and were DELTA certified (the CELTA on steroids). They … Continue reading

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Teaching Practice #8 – Authentic Material

I’m most proud of teaching practice #8, my last lesson. I prepared for the lesson by talking to students at break time, to get a feel for their interests, what problems they have with English and why they are learning … Continue reading

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Teaching practice #5 -ed vs. -ing adjectives

“Teacher! Teacher! Can we play a game? I am soooo boring!” “I like to play Starcraft because it is very funny!” “I read a very interested story in the newspaper today” Fun vs funny, Bored vs boring, Interested vs interesting. Quick, think … Continue reading

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Uh oh, I pulled a Seth

seth*ism 1. Noun – A humorous mistake in common English speech 2. Verb phrase – “To pull a Seth” – To make a humorous mistake (Sethism) in common English speech, esp while teaching. In context Person A: What did you … Continue reading

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Teaching practice #2 – Clothing store

My second practice teaching session was on vocabulary and ‘language chunks’ for use in a clothing store. This was a beginners English class, but they were not absolute beginners – they could have basic conversations, sometimes with complete sentences. A … Continue reading

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