Monday, 26 January 2015

Three - It's The Magic Number

There is something special about the number 3, throughout history it has been a significant number and continues to be so today. The Egyptians built the Pyramids, the Bible talks of the 3 Wise Men and the Holy Trinity. There are 3 primary colours, 3 dimensions, 3 parts to time, we live on the third planet in our Solar System and there are 3 kingdoms on Planet Earth.

I could go on, but we would be here all day, so take a look at this page for more facts about the number 3.

The point I am trying to make is that we use the number 3 in many ways everyday without even realising that we are doing it, and in teaching it can be a very powerful weapon to have in your armour.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Get TEFL'ing Today!

I have recently taken a look at an online TEFL course, which has become a popular way for native English speakers to train and qualify for, as well as find work as, a language tutor. In most cases, the schools offering courses are also involved in finding work for their graduates and can place them all over the world in schools and private tutoring positions. In all, a nice little service for someone looking to live and work abroad.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Is a TEFL worth its salt?

I have always had mixed feelings about TEFL qualifications, especially when I see and meet people who have recently completed their course and are all enthusiastic about their prospects as teachers of English. There is nothing wrong with wanting to undertake such a noble profession as teaching, but I seriously doubt whether anyone whose only qualification to teach is a TEFL certificate has any real idea what teaching is all about.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

So you want to teach English abroad?

Recently I have been contacted by a few young, newish teachers, who were thinking of teaching English abroad, or who are having some issues with their progress on their new endeavors. They had stumbled across me by accident, either here via the blog or via my Facebook page.

They contacted me with questions. They say things like ‘
I'm currently deciding whether or not to pursue teaching abroad’, or ‘I came across your blog looking for some information on how you got started‘, and even, ‘I was wondering if you have advice about getting contracts, TEFL/TESOL certifications (are they necessary and which might be best), or any other valid resources.’

In a nutshell t
hey were unsure about what to do, where to start, and how to proceed with working as an ESL teacher abroad. They basically wanted advice.

Monday, 12 January 2015

The Origins of the Plural S

First a simple question. If one foot becomes two feet, and a goose becomes two geese, then why doesn't a book become two beeks?

Some of you might be more than a little surprised to find out that the plural form of book is actually beeks. Or rather to be more precise, in what we nowadays call Olde English, the plural forms of nouns such as book, foot & goose were completely different than they are today. We have both the Vikings and the Germans to thank for simplifying some of our plural nouns, but strangely enough not all of them simply became pluralised by adding an s