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Ten Common Mistakes ESL Teachers Make in the Classroom (And How to Fix Them)

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Really great summation of teaching ESL! Originally posted on So, You Think You Can Teach ESL?: Nobody is perfect. That’s the truth. It’s the same for doctors, lawyers, parents, students, and teachers. Nobody likes making mistakes. Big or small, mistakes can kill self-esteem, loom over our heads like some grim reaper created out of our […]

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10 Life Lessons I’ve Learned While Teaching Abroad

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We loved this veteran teacher’s reflections on living and teaching English abroad. Originally posted on Nomad Notions: This article was originally published by Jenna Longoria on the Thought Catalog. As a traveling teacher, I have spent the past 4 years of my life growing physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am constantly learning, and being tested […]

Mentorship Sets Sail

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Two weeks ago, I was having lunch with my fellow foreign teacher, Carl. I was commenting on how well our Seniors and Juniors were doing at some rather challenging writing. I wondered how our Sophomores were ever going to catch up to that level. “We should have a mentor program,” said Carl. “I tried to start one two […]

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Flipping classrooms: modern teaching?

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What is flip? In the new ‘flipped classroom’ model of instruction, students watch recorded lecture videos for homework and complete their assignments and labs before class start. Teachers spend class time mostly answering questions or working through questions about the content. The flipping movement hasn’t been around for long time, however some reports suggest it […]