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Teaching Advice: Ice breakers

Having a number of icebreakers up your sleeve can be incredibly useful! They  can be used initially to warm up a class  or to form a ‘break’ between sections of a lesson. They can be used as a way to introduce yourself to a new class or to introduce a new topic. Entering a new […]

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TEFL ORG UK

Worried about teaching English overseas? Don’t have much experience of teaching? We have teamed up with TEFL ORG UK to offer all VESL volunteers a 23% discount of their on-line and practical courses. To find out more about their courses, download their brochure. Interested? Just send us an e-mail (info@vesl.org) and we will pass your […]

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Help – I need some tips to control my class

For students, having volunteers in their classroom is a new and exciting novelty, and like students anywhere they will try to push the boundaries at the beginning.  Below are a few tips that will help you manage the behaviour of the students, particularly in those first few weeks as you settle into the role (some of them may sound very […]

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Starting an After School Club

There are lots of opportunities to run extra-curricula activities and it is a great way to fully involve yourself in the project. Just make sure you ask permission from the school before you set anything up. My experience teaching English in Kerala I spent three months teaching English in Kerala. The students in the English medium class […]

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Student Talk Time

Increasing student talk time is a very valuable thing to do in a second language classroom. Here are a few ways of helping to make that happen. Ensure that all students have the relevant vocabulary for the lesson. In this example we had been looking at places in town: bank, hotel, museum, library, police station, […]

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Use a Dictionary

English is my native language. In fact, English is my only language. I studied English through secondary school and did English Literature as part of my University degree. I have a TEFL certificate. And when I teach English I take a dictionary with me to every lesson. Many teachers of English abroad (particularly in Sri […]

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My First Lesson

The first lesson with any group can be a bit scary. Here’s an activity that I’ve found useful when dealing with students from about Grade 3 (Sri Lanka) or 3rd Standard (India) all the way through primary and secondary and on to working with adults. It lasts for about 30 mins but you can make […]

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