Zoom Etiquette: Five Tips for the Virtual Classroom
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…
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
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 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
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 shows us around her favorite sites in Rome, Italy.
What’s It Really Like Teaching English in Spain?
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?
Amy Butler gives us the pros and cons of getting a job before you leave
What to Expect Teaching English in Ukraine
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
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 profiles 6 professionals in various fields who were once TEFL teachers.
What My Students Taught Me About Teaching English
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Take the stress out of international relocation with these tips
Things to Know Before Teaching in Brazil
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
Fran Zarnitzky shares her favorite sites for TEFL
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
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
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 wraps us up in her Portuguese learning experience in Brazil.
The Journey vs. the Destination: Backpacking in Bolivia
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
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. Lauren uses her experience in theater to breakdown the tenets of teaching English as a second language.
Teaching Pronunciation: Practical Activities
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
Erica introduces you to the role of Pronunciation in the TEFL classroom
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
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
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. 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 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 - 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
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
Georgina sends us a postcard after 10 days on her bike ride for charity
Overcoming Fear: Driving a Motorbike in Vietnam
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
Ramona describes her journey from CELTA trainee to teacher across different sectors
My First Day of Teaching (How I Almost Caused a Diplomatic Incident)
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 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 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
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—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
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 chronicles a typical day in her life abroad in Daegu, South Korea.
Is This the Worst TEFL Job Scam?
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
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
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
Whitney Currier writes about the role of personality traits in language learning
How to use your TEFL skills to get into coursebook writing
John Harrop describes how he went from TEFL teaching to coursebook writing
How to Teach Students Never to Give Up
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
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
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
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 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
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
Love them or hate them, teens will normally be a part of an English teacher's working day.
How to Ace Your Delta
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!)
Whitney Currier does the math on teaching English and saving money in Korea
How I Taught English in Four Countries over Two Years
Barry takes you on a trip teaching English, learn about how he did it
How Each Delta Module Helps You Become a Better Teacher
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
Barry O'Leary explains how doing the Diploma (Delta) broadened his horizons
Going Abroad: 6 Tips for Overcoming Culture Shock
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”
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
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
Amy Butler gives you five things you may not have tried yet
Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Taking the CELTA
Erica takes you through a few key considerations before you do your CELTA
Five Questions to Ask at a TEFL Job Interview
Erica gives you five important questions to ask at a job interview
Five Places for Americans to Teach English in Europe (Legally)
Amy Butler takes you through five European countries where Americans can get visas
Five Icebreakers for your First Day with a New Class
Five activities you can use with a new class
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
TH CELTA graduate Georgina tells us about moving to Vietnam
Expat Insider: Life in Brazil Vs. USA
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. 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 - 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. 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
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 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)
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
Download this Intermediate+ Level ESL Lesson to teach for April Fool's Day - your students will love it!
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)
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
Shannon Felt shares a lesson highlighting the odd US holiday called Groundhog Day
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
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
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
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
Free Reading, Vocabulary and Speaking Lesson on the topic of popcorn
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
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
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
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
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
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 ESL Lesson with a Memorial Day theme
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
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!
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.