William-Harper

I have been traveling and teaching ESL abroad ever since I graduated university. This life choice has taken me around the world and allowed me to experience cultures and meet people that I did not know existed.

Top Tips for Improving the Learning Process for Adults

Adulting is hard, we know this. For most of us, school was hard too. So, can you imagine what being an adult learner is like? Yep, you guessed it. Hard. But hard does not mean impossible.  Let’s look at this from two angles. First, we need to discuss the adult language learners in our English as a foreign language (EFL) classrooms. But, we can’t forget about ourselves! So, second, we need to talk ...[Read More]

5 Classroom Warmers Every TEFL Teacher Should Know

Starting a lesson with a simple, fun speaking activity (also known as a ‘warmer’) creates a great buzz that will last for the whole class.  When your students arrive, they may not have spoken a single word of English for a week, and so they’ll probably be nervous.  Your job is to make them relaxed and comfortable speaking English again in a positive environment; and a great way to achieve this is ...[Read More]

A Guide to Teaching English as a Foreign Language for South Africans

The Kruger National Park, shisanyama, First Thursdays. There are so many reasons to love South Africa. But at the same time, South Africans know that there is more to the world than the Drakensberg and Table Mountain, and it is such a privilege to be able to travel and explore the world.  Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) has been a popular career for many people all over the world for...[Read More]

How to Celebrate English Language Day

23 April may just seem like another day, but for English teachers and language lovers around the world, it is an opportunity to stop and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the English language.  The date marks the United Nations’ English Language Day, one of six official observations which started in 2010 to highlight the official languages of the UN. In addition to English, these ...[Read More]

Celebrating Earth Day 2022

As teachers of English as a foreign language, we get to enjoy all the beauty the world has to offer as we travel the globe teaching English. After all, this is one of the great perks of our job, isn’t it? As frequent fliers and global nomads, it is important – no, essential – that we are mindful of the effects our actions have on our planet. Every year Earth Day falls on 22 April, and we should ta...[Read More]

Level 5 TEFL Course Versus a 120 hour TEFL Certification

Starting out in the TEFL world can be overwhelming. This is simply because of the amount of variables and questions there are before you even start. Will I even enjoy teaching? Which country should I teach in? Or should I teach online? Should I teach at a primary or a high school? Which TEFL provider should I choose? Also, don’t forget should I enroll in a 120 hour course or a level 5 TEFL course?...[Read More]

Can I be a TEFL Teacher if English isn’t my First Language?

This Can I be a TEFL teacher if English is not my first language? If I had a penny for each time I heard this question… I could fly you out myself because the answer is yes! You absolutely can teach English abroad despite English not being your first language.  Of course, there is a short answer and a long answer, as there is with any other question. We’re already off to a good start with a ‘yes’ ...[Read More]

What the best TEFL providers will have

If you are on the hunt for the best TEFL provider, you need to search for these key factors. There are countless options available on the market now but choosing the best provider for you should be a key goal in achieving success. Nowadays, the internet is riddled with scams and dangerous websites, making it increasingly difficult to find an authentic and reliable TEFL provider. It seems that TEFL...[Read More]

LIVE WEBINAR: Teaching English in Thailand

Do you fancy teaching English in Thailand? Are you wondering how to get started or what life will be like when you get there? UK TEFL teacher Molly is currently teaching English in the Isaan region of Thailand. She went live on i-to-i’s Facebook page to share her experience and answer your questions about TEFL in Thailand. Watch the full webinar or read on for edited highlights. PREPARING TO TEACH...[Read More]

How to Handle Nerves in the TEFL Classroom

Once you’ve become a fully accredited teaching English as a Foreign language (TEFL) teacher, there is the small task of actually teaching which follows. Whilst securing that first job is undoubtedly an exciting thing, it’s not uncommon for a few nerves to creep in along the way. Whether it’s teaching English abroad, or online, it’s completely natural to worry about everything from the wifi to whet...[Read More]

Top Tips for your first day as a TEFL teacher

Whether you’re getting your camera smiles ready for an online TEFL job, or swapping a headset for the chalkboard of a school classroom, each setting comes with first-day jitters. As a new teacher on the block, you’ll want to make a solid first impression as both a mentor and a colleague, which can be easily achieved by following these top tips (and leaving your ego at the physical or virtual door!...[Read More]

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