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Zoom Etiquette: Five Tips for the Virtual Classroom

Zoom Etiquette: Five Tips for the Virtual Classroom

Paul Corbett

Learn how to engage your students in the online environment with our top 5 tips for the virtual classroom. Teaching English as a Foreign Language is different when using a tool like Zoom, but these easy tips will make sure you are putting your best foot forward.

You Know You’re a CELTA Trainee When…

You Know You’re a CELTA Trainee When…

Erica Lederman

Being a CELTA trainee can be a consuming life experience, especially if you're taking the intensive 4-week course. The information and teaching techniques

Why I Love Being a Cambridge Speaking Examiner

Why I Love Being a Cambridge Speaking Examiner

Kate Bailward

Kate Bailward talks about her love for job as a Cambridge ESOL Speaking Examiner and why it's worth it to get trained up.

Why I Fell in Love with Italy

Why I Fell in Love with Italy

Kate Bailward

Why I Fell in Love with Italy: Kate Bailward tells the story of her slow-burning love affair with Italy and how she went from ambivalent to head-over-heels.

Where to Get a CELTA in Latin America

Where to Get a CELTA in Latin America

Amy Butler

Decided to get a CELTA? Great! Want to do it somewhere warm, colorful, and delicious? We can help! Here are three places where you can get a CELTA in Latin America.

When in Rome: An Absolutely-Non-Comprehensive Visitor’s Guide to the Eternal City

When in Rome: An Absolutely-Non-Comprehensive Visitor’s Guide to the Eternal City

Kate Bailward

When in Rome: An Absolutely-Non-Comprehensive Visitor's Guide to the Eternal City. Kate Bailward shows us around her favorite sites in Rome, Italy.

What’s It Really Like Teaching English in Spain?

What’s It Really Like Teaching English in Spain?

Barry O'Leary

Thinking of teaching in Madrid, Seville, or Barcelona? Here's an insider's advice on what it's really like to teaching English in Spain!

What’s better; to get a TEFL job before you leave, or after you arrive?

What’s better; to get a TEFL job before you leave, or after you arrive?

Amy Butler

Amy Butler gives us the pros and cons of getting a job before you leave

What to Expect Teaching English in Ukraine

What to Expect Teaching English in Ukraine

Amy Butler

Ever thought about teaching English in Ukraine? From employment procedures to local cuisine, here is a basic guide on what to expect from one teacher's experiences teaching English in Kiev!

What to Do on Your Days Off in Tokyo

What to Do on Your Days Off in Tokyo

Ryan Horsnail

So you're living and teaching English in Tokyo and you're wondering what to do in this mad city on your days off? How about starting with these 6 suggestions...

What Next? (What Happens When You Quit TEFL?)

What Next? (What Happens When You Quit TEFL?)

John Harrop

What Next? What Happens When you Quit TEFL? John Harrop profiles 6 professionals in various fields who were once TEFL teachers.

What My Students Taught Me About Teaching English

What My Students Taught Me About Teaching English

Fran Zarnitzky

Fran has been teaching English in Brazil for over two years and she shares her insights in what her students have taught her about teaching.

What It’s Like to Teach English in Tbilisi

What It’s Like to Teach English in Tbilisi

Amy Butler

The Republic of Georgia has recently become a hotspot destination. If you're thinking of making a move, here's an insider glimpse on what it's like to teach English in Tbilisi!

Un Auténtico Chorizo: Teaching for a Cowboy Outfit in Madrid

Un Auténtico Chorizo: Teaching for a Cowboy Outfit in Madrid

John Harrop

John Harrop takes us deep into the seedy world of a cowboy outfit in Madrid; questionable professional development, aftershave and the occasional caña

Top 6 Teaching English in Europe Blogs

Top 6 Teaching English in Europe Blogs

Barry O'Leary

Get an inside look at the TEFL industry by checking out these top teaching English in Europe blogs! Have one we missed? Leave it in the comments so others can learn more about teaching English abroad.

Top 4 tips for travelling in 2020

Top 4 tips for travelling in 2020

Dreaming of an overseas trip? Make sure you check our top tips for travelling in 2020. We give you the low down on the essential travel procedures to make sure any trip abroad is drama free.

Top 4 things you may not know recruiters are looking for

Top 4 things you may not know recruiters are looking for

There’s a long list of run-of-the-mill things that we know recruiters look for: references, enthusiasm, experience—the usual. But did you know that there are a plethora of other, less obvious things that recruiters look for when they’re hiring that you may not have known about?

Three Things I Had to Learn Moving from New York to Brazil

Three Things I Had to Learn Moving from New York to Brazil

Fran Zarnitzky

Fran talks about what she discovered moving from New York to Brazil to teach English with her CELTA

Thirteen Tips to Ease the Stress of Moving Abroad

Thirteen Tips to Ease the Stress of Moving Abroad

Amy Butler

Take the stress out of international relocation with these tips

Things to Know Before Teaching in Brazil

Things to Know Before Teaching in Brazil

Fran Zarnitzky

As I head into my 5th year as an ESL teacher in Brazil, I often get asked how to get a teaching gig here. The Olympics turned the global spotlight on Brazil, & put it on the radar of many teachers seeking new adventures. I have adored my time here, & encourage any interested to consider Brazil, provided you can be open-minded & keep these tips in mind:

The Voice, Jeopardy and More: ESL Style

The Voice, Jeopardy and More: ESL Style

Fran Zarnitzky

Fran Zarnitzky shares her favorite sites for TEFL

The Truth about Teaching in Vietnam (That You Won’t Find Elsewhere)

The Truth about Teaching in Vietnam (That You Won’t Find Elsewhere)

What to know the truth about teaching in Vietnam? Here's the honest advice of someone who's already done it!

The Road to Hong Kong for an English Teacher

The Road to Hong Kong for an English Teacher

Have you ever thought about teaching English in Hong Kong? Read the personal experience of one English teacher of what it's like to live and work in Hong Kong.

The Pros and Cons of Teaching in Korea

The Pros and Cons of Teaching in Korea

Whitney Currier

South Korea remains one of the most popular countries where foreigners can teach English. The salaries are among the highest in the ESL industry; there are great perks like free housing and flights to Korea; and Korea is, for the most part, a fantastic place to live.

The Joys and Frustrations of Learning a Language

The Joys and Frustrations of Learning a Language

Fran Zarnitzky

The Joys and Frustrations of Learning a Language: Fran Zarnitzky wraps us up in her Portuguese learning experience in Brazil.

The Journey vs. the Destination: Backpacking in Bolivia

The Journey vs. the Destination: Backpacking in Bolivia

Fran Zarnitzky

Teaching English in Brazil brings opportunities to travel South America. Fran shares her tips for the best way to backpack through Bolivia.

The DOs and DON’Ts of Teaching English

The DOs and DON’Ts of Teaching English

Erica Lederman

Whether you're a new teacher or a veteran, here are some tried and true DOs and DON'Ts of teaching English from an experienced teacher trainer!

The Classroom is a Stage: Teaching as Theater, Theater as Teaching

The Classroom is a Stage: Teaching as Theater, Theater as Teaching

Lauren Ringdahl

The Classroom is a Stage: Teaching as Theater. Lauren uses her experience in theater to breakdown the tenets of teaching English as a second language.

Teaching Pronunciation: Practical Activities

Teaching Pronunciation: Practical Activities

Erica Lederman

I recently wrote a post about some of the characteristics of English pronunciation and what teaching it might entail. If you missed it, you can find it here: . In this second installment, there are several practical ideas and resources for teachers to use that can help students improve their pronunciation in a range of ways.

Teaching Pronunciation: An Overview

Teaching Pronunciation: An Overview

Erica Lederman

Erica introduces you to the role of Pronunciation in the TEFL classroom

Teaching ESL to Young Learners

Teaching ESL to Young Learners

Teaching ESL to Young Learners: If you're used to teaching ESL to adults, transitioning to young learner classes can be quite a challenge.

Teaching English with Peace Boat

Teaching English with Peace Boat

Is working in just one country too stationary and settled for you? Check out the amazing opportunities you have when teaching English with Peace Boat!

Summer (School) Madness: working as a summer course director

Summer (School) Madness: working as a summer course director

John Harrop

John tells our all about his experience working as a summer course director in Portsmouth

Shared Experiences: Making Friends Abroad

Shared Experiences: Making Friends Abroad

Ryan Horsnail

Shared Experiences: Making Friends Abroad. Making friends abroad can be tough if you're not an extrovert. But there are fun ways to put yourself out there.

Robert’s Rwandan Market Tour

Robert’s Rwandan Market Tour

Robert Palisin take you on a tour of a Rwandan Market

Redefining Normal in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Redefining Normal in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

Sherry Ott

Redefining Normal in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam - An English teacher from the U.S. learns to adjust to her new life in Vietnam. Here's a day in her life.

Practical Advice for Freelance English Teaching

Practical Advice for Freelance English Teaching

Amy Butler

Are you an English teacher who's itching to go self-employed? Before you start freelance English teaching, here are some practical points to consider.

Postcard from the H2H Charity Bike Ride

Postcard from the H2H Charity Bike Ride

Georgina sends us a postcard after 10 days on her bike ride for charity

Overcoming Fear: Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam

Overcoming Fear: Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam

Sherry Ott

Driving a motorbike in Vietnam is not for the faint-hearted foreigner. Sherry Ott tells her tale of overcoming her fears to join the masses of moving motorbikes.

New Horizons: Jumping from CELTA into the Immigrant & Refugee Sector

New Horizons: Jumping from CELTA into the Immigrant & Refugee Sector

Ramona describes her journey from CELTA trainee to teacher across different sectors

My First Day of Teaching (How I Almost Caused a Diplomatic Incident)

My First Day of Teaching (How I Almost Caused a Diplomatic Incident)

John Harrop

The first day of teaching at any school can be terrifying for any teacher, but mix cultural blunders in with ESL students and it can be a recipe for, well, humor.

Moving to Vietnam: Delicious Ambiguity

Moving to Vietnam: Delicious Ambiguity

Sherry Ott

Moving to Vietnam is a scary decision, but one that feels right. Going to teach English abroad

Moving Abroad: 11 Things to Pack and Prepare for

Moving Abroad: 11 Things to Pack and Prepare for

Brycie Gold

Moving abroad for the first time can be daunting. Here are 11 tips on what to pack and prepare for when you're planning to move to another country.

Missing the Old, Embracing the New: A Food Adventure

Missing the Old, Embracing the New: A Food Adventure

Sherry Ott

Sherry Ott sets out to try durian in Vietnam, a fruit that is infamous with Westerners for its horrible smell and strange taste.

Meet Bettina – A Teaching House Alumni

Meet Bettina – A Teaching House Alumni

Meet Bettina—she wanted a change after working in Marketing for a few years, so she decided to go after her passion for teaching English! We chatted to Bettina about what it’s like undertaking the CELTA 100% online, what she loves about teaching and her advice for anyone who’s thinking about pursuing a career in English teaching—plus her best tips for finding a job after you complete the CELTA!

Looking back on Delta: Pros and Cons for CELTA graduates

Looking back on Delta: Pros and Cons for CELTA graduates

Barry O'Leary

Are you a Celta graduate looking for that next challenge? Is your boss going on about doing a Delta to turn you into a hot shot ESL star? Do you have a fetish for putting yourself through vigorous challenges? If so, don't get all excited just yet because doing a Delta could destroy you, it nearly did to me. For about a year I lost my social life (not that I really had one in the first place), my free mornings and weekends, and quite a few centimos. Looking back, I wonder if that manic year was really necessary. Did it really improve my job prospects, and make me a more confident teacher? Were all those hours reading about ESL theories, memorizing terminology, and perfecting lessons worth it for the benefit of having a Delta? Yes and no.

Little Fish and Men in Hats (A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea)

Little Fish and Men in Hats (A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea)

Whitney Currier

Little Fish and Men in Hats (A Day in the Life of an English Teacher in Korea). Whitney Currier chronicles a typical day in her life abroad in Daegu, South Korea.

Is This the Worst TEFL Job Scam?

Is This the Worst TEFL Job Scam?

Amy Butler

One teacher lost months of time and thousands of dollars in a false job offer. Learn from her experience with what may be the worst TEFL job scam ever, as well as tips to protect from getting scammed yourself.

Interview with Susan Griffith, Author of Teaching English Abroad

Interview with Susan Griffith, Author of Teaching English Abroad

Amy Butler

Amy Butler talks to Susan about the TEFL industry and where to travel and teach

In it for the Long Haul: 4 Tips for Cultural Immersion

In it for the Long Haul: 4 Tips for Cultural Immersion

Brycie Gold

Brycie Gold teaches English in Fuzhou, China and gives her tips for getting to know the people and culture of the country where you work.

How Your Personality Can Affect Your Ability to Learn a New Language

How Your Personality Can Affect Your Ability to Learn a New Language

Whitney Currier

Whitney Currier writes about the role of personality traits in language learning

How to use your TEFL skills to get into coursebook writing

How to use your TEFL skills to get into coursebook writing

John Harrop

John Harrop describes how he went from TEFL teaching to coursebook writing

How to Teach Students Never to Give Up

How to Teach Students Never to Give Up

Barry O'Leary

Learning English is a process, one that can be exhilaratingly fast or excruciatingly slow. No matter how fast your learners are going, here are some tips on how to teach students to never give up on their English journey.

How to Rock Your First TEFL Conference Presentation

How to Rock Your First TEFL Conference Presentation

Amy Butler

My first TEFL conference presentation was an accident. Well, I did know about it ahead of time. But when I signed up to go to the internal International

How to Prepare for an ESL Interview

How to Prepare for an ESL Interview

Barry O'Leary

So you've completed your CELTA, booked your tickets to your destination to find an ESL job abroad, and even have some interviews lined up. But how are you going to ace them? Luckily, there's plenty you can do to prepare yourself for an ESL interview.

How to Manage Teaching English and Expat Life Abroad

How to Manage Teaching English and Expat Life Abroad

Barry O'Leary

Living abroad and teaching English are both daunting tasks by themselves. But together they can be overwhelming! Here are a few tips on how best to manage teaching English and expat life to get you started on the right foot.

How to Know if You are Ready to Take the Delta

How to Know if You are Ready to Take the Delta

Barry O'Leary

How do you know if you're ready to take the DELTA? Check out one graduate's advice on Cambridge's premier TEFL qualification and see if it's time you leveled up in your English teaching career!

How to Get the Most Out of a Difficult Class

How to Get the Most Out of a Difficult Class

Barry O'Leary

Even after thirteen years in the wonderful ESL world, I still dread getting an awful class who drains my soul until I consider hanging up my boots. Last

How to bond with awkward teens

How to bond with awkward teens

Barry O'Leary

Love them or hate them, teens will normally be a part of an English teacher's working day.

How to Ace Your Delta

How to Ace Your Delta

Barry O'Leary

Obtaining a Delta is no easy task. Ask anyone who has passed one and they'll tell you that it was tough going. It takes over your life, absorbs your energy and

How Much Money You Can Save in Korea (and still have fun!)

How Much Money You Can Save in Korea (and still have fun!)

Whitney Currier

Whitney Currier does the math on teaching English and saving money in Korea

How I Taught English in Four Countries over Two Years

How I Taught English in Four Countries over Two Years

Barry O'Leary

Barry takes you on a trip teaching English, learn about how he did it

How Each Delta Module Helps You Become a Better Teacher

How Each Delta Module Helps You Become a Better Teacher

Barry O'Leary

If you work in TEFL, chances are you've thought about taking the Delta. Here are one teacher's reflections on the practical ways each Delta module has made him a better teacher!

How Delta Changed my Life

How Delta Changed my Life

Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary explains how doing the Diploma (Delta) broadened his horizons

Going Abroad: 6 Tips for Overcoming Culture Shock

Going Abroad: 6 Tips for Overcoming Culture Shock

Lauren Ringdahl

Going abroad for the first time can be difficult. Here are 6 tips for overcoming culture shock and ensuring you have the best experience abroad.

Get Serious: How to Turn TEFL into a “Proper Job”

Get Serious: How to Turn TEFL into a “Proper Job”

Barry O'Leary

Barry O'Leary tells you how to take your TEFL career to the next level

Five Things to Do On Your Days Off in Bogota

Five Things to Do On Your Days Off in Bogota

Erica Lederman

Erica Lederman writes about five day trips that you can take from your base as a TEFL teacher in Bogota

Five things to do on your Day off in New York City

Five things to do on your Day off in New York City

Amy Butler

Amy Butler gives you five things you may not have tried yet

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking the CELTA

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking the CELTA

Erica Lederman

Erica takes you through a few key considerations before you do your CELTA

Five Questions to Ask at a TEFL Job Interview

Five Questions to Ask at a TEFL Job Interview

Erica Lederman

Erica gives you five important questions to ask at a job interview

Five Places for Americans to Teach English in Europe (Legally)

Five Places for Americans to Teach English in Europe (Legally)

Amy Butler

Amy Butler takes you through five European countries where Americans can get visas

Five Icebreakers for your First Day with a New Class

Five Icebreakers for your First Day with a New Class

Erica Lederman

Five activities you can use with a new class

Five Countries with a Booming Demand for TEFL Teachers

Five Countries with a Booming Demand for TEFL Teachers

Dimitris Vlachos offers his five booming locations for English language teachers

Facing My Fear: Teaching Abroad and Embarking on a New Adventure

Facing My Fear: Teaching Abroad and Embarking on a New Adventure

TH CELTA graduate Georgina tells us about moving to Vietnam

Expat Insider: Life in Brazil Vs. USA

Expat Insider: Life in Brazil Vs. USA

Fran Zarnitzky

Fran Zarnitzky gives us the insider take on life in Brazil.

ESL Lesson Download: St. Paddy’s Day

ESL Lesson Download: St. Paddy’s Day

ESL Lesson Download: St. Paddy's Day. Print out this lesson plan and materials for your Intermediate+ class and get them in the Irish spirit!

ESL Lesson Download: Presidents’ Day

ESL Lesson Download: Presidents’ Day

ESL Lesson Download: Presidents' Day - Looking for ideas for your ESL class during Presidents' Week? Download this lesson and get teaching!

ESL Lesson Download: Memorial Day

ESL Lesson Download: Memorial Day

ESL Lesson Download: Memorial Day. I bet you didn't know half these things about Memorial Day - neither will your students! Download this lesson and run with it.

ESL Lesson Download: Father’s Day

ESL Lesson Download: Father’s Day

Teaching House pairs up with This American Life to offer this amazing, downloadable ESL lesson for Father's Day.

ESL Lesson Download: April Fool’s Day

ESL Lesson Download: April Fool’s Day

ESL Lesson Download: April Fool's Day is a time for pranks...so how about an educational ESL prank to play on your students on April 1st? Download this lesson!

Easter Break Backpacking in Florence (Without Breaking the Bank)

Easter Break Backpacking in Florence (Without Breaking the Bank)

Kate Bailward

Kate Bailward takes us on her Easter Break backpacking travels in Florence, Italy and gives her tips on what to see and how to do it all on a tight budget.

Downloadable ESL Plan: April Fool’s Day

Downloadable ESL Plan: April Fool’s Day

Download this Intermediate+ Level ESL Lesson to teach for April Fool's Day - your students will love it!

Downloadable ESL Lesson: Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble

Downloadable ESL Lesson: Thanksgiving Turkey Trouble

Download this Intermediate+ Level ESL Lesson to teach in the week of USA's Thanksgiving Holiday - your students will love it!

Downloadable ESL Lesson: Independence Day (4th of July)

Downloadable ESL Lesson: Independence Day (4th of July)

Download this Intermediate+ Level ESL Lesson to teach in the week of USA's 4th of July holiday - your students will love it!

Downloadable ESL Lesson: Groundhog Day

Downloadable ESL Lesson: Groundhog Day

Shannon Felt shares a lesson highlighting the odd US holiday called Groundhog Day

Downloadable ESL Lesson: An Alien in Training

Downloadable ESL Lesson: An Alien in Training

World UFO day Have you noticed any strange objects suspended in the night sky recently? It's probably a strange looking cloud, a low flying plane, a balloon or unusually bright planet. But there is a chance, some would say a pretty big chance, that what you are seeing is an alien craft on field trip to Earth. UFO Are we alone? In early July, UFO spotters and alien hunters converge to celebrate World UFO day. Our amazing teacher trainer, Thea Micoli based in New York City, has put together this fun speaking and writing video lesson using the Pixar short - Lifted: a short movie about an alien in training. It's a heartwarming little flick perfect for pre-intermediate learners of all ages, and lasts less than 5 minutes, though the lesson will last around 45-60 minutes. An Alien In Training Lesson Plan - Updated Let us know what you think of the lesson in the comments below - and why not discuss your views on extraterrestrial life too? Are we alone in this universe?

Downloadable ESL Lesson: A Teaching House Christmas

Downloadable ESL Lesson: A Teaching House Christmas

This lesson is suitable for Pre-int to Upper-int, looks at some of the world's quirkier Christmas traditions. Your students will practice reading, build essential vocabulary and practice their speaking and presentation skills

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Tongue-Tying Tongue Twisters

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Tongue-Tying Tongue Twisters

Every year, the National Tongue Twister Contest is held by the Logic Puzzle Museum in Wisconsin. Kids and adults compete from all across the country to say dozens of puzzling tongue twisters as quickly as they can. Practice these tricky tongue twisters with your students and help them with their pronunciation skills!

Downloadable EFL Lesson: New Year Traditions

Downloadable EFL Lesson: New Year Traditions

Different countries have different traditions that they follow when celebrating the new year, whether it's quickly eating twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight (Spain) to wearing special underwear (Latin America). Ask your students about their own personal or cultural traditions and learn about even more in this lesson plan!

Downloadable EFL Lesson: National Popcorn Lover’s Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: National Popcorn Lover’s Day

Free Reading, Vocabulary and Speaking Lesson on the topic of popcorn

Downloadable EFL Lesson: National Coffee Day USA

Downloadable EFL Lesson: National Coffee Day USA

National Coffee Day is in September here's a reading lesson to spill on your students

Downloadable EFL Lesson: National Bosses’ Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: National Bosses’ Day

Having a horrible boss can make going to work every day an extremely frustrating and tiring experience. Even so, it's funny to reflect back on old bosses (and be grateful for how much better life is without them). Check out these weird boss encounters and have your students share their stories as well!

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Mother’s Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Mother’s Day

Use this fun and creative downloadable EFL lesson on Mother's Day to spark discussion in your classroom and help students reflect on all that Moms and other caregivers give.

Downloadable EFL Lesson: MLK Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: MLK Day

A monumental holiday for a monumental leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the great work accomplished by Dr. King during the Civil Rights Movement. Teach your students about this transformative time in history using this lesson plan.

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Midsummer in Sweden

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Midsummer in Sweden

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor festivities, especially for Sweden's summer solstice. This lesson focuses on one of Sweden's most popular holidays, Midsummer, and the history and traditions behind the celebration.

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Mexican Independence Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Mexican Independence Day

Use this free downloadable EFL lesson on Mexican Independence Day to jumpstart a discussion on national holidays in your class!

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Memorial Day May 30th

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Memorial Day May 30th

Downloadable ESL Lesson with a Memorial Day theme

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Kiss and Make Up Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Kiss and Make Up Day

Erin provides you with materials and a full lesson plan for an EFL reading lesson

Downloadable EFL Lesson: International Ninja Day

Downloadable EFL Lesson: International Ninja Day

Here's a fun and creative downloadable EFL lesson on International Ninja Day to give your English class a creative kick!

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Halloween!

Downloadable EFL Lesson: Halloween!

Get your English students in a creative mood with this downloadable EFL lesson on Halloween, focusing on speaking skills and functional language for giving opinions and negotiations.

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