Kahoot In your Classes!

  • October 26, 2020
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    Kahoot In your Classes!

     

     Kahoot is a free platform for educational purposes. Tutors or teachers can use this platform for making games that can be used for fun learning. These learning games can be made from MCQs, surveys, or discussions.

     

    If you also want to create learning games, then you should follow these 6 simple steps in order to make a Kahoot game.

     

     Step 1

     

    Open” create.kahoot.it” so that you can make a free account. After creating an account, do login and make a new Kahoot.

     

    After this, choose from the following:

     

      Quiz

      Jumble

      Discussion

      Survey

     

    Step 2

     

    After the first step is completed successfully, provide s title, description, audience, and language to the Kahoot you have created.

     

      Attach a cover image and video

    • Credit Sources

     

    Step 3

     

    Then tap on “Ok” and go. Now, you need to write your MCQs. After writing questions, you will attach media (like images or videos) for the question and credit sources being used in the question. 

     

    Step 4

     

    When you are finished with the above 3 steps and all process is done then click on “Save”. After this phase, now tap on “I’m done”. The quiz will be stored in “My Kahoots” that you have just created now.

     

    Step 5

     

    Now when you are all set and ready to show the quiz you have made in your classroom then Click on “Play” and follow these steps:

     

    • Choose options for games: Player versus Player or Team versus Team

     

    • Now instruct your students to open “Kahoot.it” on their tablets or mobile devices. The game will display them a “game pin” that the students will enter and then login with a nickname for playing the game.

     

    • When all the students in your class have logged in, you can “Start” the game.

     

    Step 6

     

    For every question in the quiz, the students will choose the geometric shape that is the right answer on mobile devices. The student answering correctly in the first place will earn points. When the game is ended, one student will be the winner. And consequently, you can reward your students with some prize for playing the game.

     

    Examples of Kahoot ESL listening/speaking and writing classes which include:

     

    • vocabulary practice

    • punctuation exercises

    • listening quizzes



    • pronunciation review

    • grammar practice or correction

    • academic honesty quiz or situations.


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    Podcasting in TEFL

  • September 28, 2020
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    Podcasting in TEFL 

    Teaching is a dynamic profession. As a teacher of TEFL in training, you will learn to adopt many technologies into your teaching methodology when you enroll into our courses. 

    What are Podcasts?

    One of the several teaching tools that will be introduced to you is podcasts. In simple terms, podcasts are audio files made on certain subjects or topics. They can be easily created, subscribed to, shared, and accessed from your smartphone. You can call them a new avatar of radio shows. However they can be of any length, cover any topic and be in any format. They are created and shared through hosting services.

    There are several great websites for creating and sharing podcasts. Click below to discover a few such sites:

    www.podomatic.com

    www.podbean.com

    www.voicethread.com

     Why use Podcasts in Teaching English?

    Podcasts are a popular and effective supplementary aide for Teaching English, especially when it is being taught to non-native speakers. A new language can be difficult to grasp and students need more attention span to focus on lessons.  

    Using podcasts can be an exciting and productive way of Teaching English. Podcasts are mainly designed for listening. It is easier to concentrate while listening than reading. Listening also helps a new language learner become familiar with pronunciation and diction.

    As a teacher, you will find using podcasts to teach English enables your students to:

           Build  comprehension

           Focus better

           Develop critical thinking

           Gain presentation and storytelling skills

           Distinguish between formal and conversational styles of speaking English

           Increase vocabulary

           Become confident users of English 

    How to Use Podcasts in Teaching English

    To teach English as a Foreign Language, you begin using podcasts thorugh one of the following two options:

           Choose already available podcasts that align with your lesson plans

           Create your own podcasts

    Whether you choose pre-created content or build your own, it is important to pay attention to the topic of the podcasts. It is a good idea to use ones on current affairs or ones that cater to your students’ topics of interest.

    Here are some ways to integrate podcasts into your lesson plans:

           Use transcripts to supplement the podcasts for a read-along experience.

           Start conversations on the content of the podcasts.

           Build listening-in activities around the podcast. You could prepare mini quizzes, or ask the students to summarize the content. You could even pick words out and ask the students to use them in sentences or stories of their own.

           Train your students into listening in for grammar and word choice.

           Create a class podcast together, Encourage your students to research, create and play the podcasts. The students can be in charge of individual episodes or do it collectively. The possibilities are endless.

    The biggest advantage of using Podcasts in Teaching English is that they can be used anywhere and at any time. Your students can use them in class or on the subway, while brushing their teeth or while going to bed. All they need is a phone with internet access. They can download the files to use offline if they choose. Podcasts can, in other words, act as your teaching assistant and be available for your students 24/7!



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    Benefits of Teaching English Online

  • May 5, 2020
  • Benefits of Teaching English Online

    There are many advantages for educational professionals when they work online as English teachers.
    This type of job allows instructors to schedule their lessons around their own daily agendas.
    Educators are able to grow professionally, earn an income, and make a difference in the lives of their students.
    Schoolteachers who work online teaching English find that it is an effective way to impart knowledge.

    When you instruct online, you can enjoy:


    • A Flexible Working Schedule: Instead of showing up in a classroom on campus, individuals who teach English online can set their own teaching hours. Due to the broad internet access and educational resources available 24/7, having a flexible working schedule is definitely achievable.
    • Working from Home: Being able to work at home is a huge benefit to for parents. Moms and dads of young children can plan lessons and check student’s progress while their children are napping or at school. This saves on daycare expenses and the worry of finding the perfect sitter.
    • Freedom to Travel: Teachers can access their virtual tutoring session from computers anywhere in the world; this gives them freedom to travel around. All they need is to connect to Wi-Fi or any type of internet connection to asses and virtually meet with students from any location.
    • Having a Second Job: Having a flexible internet job can be a great way to generate extra income. It is much more challenging to juggle multiple in-person jobs, but when one of them is online, multi-jobbing can easily be accomplished.
    Online education continues to expand as distance learning grows in popularity. Today, most colleges and universities offer virtual classes in addition to their traditional in-person classes. Students around the world enroll in an increasing number of low-residency or completely online programs. Consequently, teachers are seizing the opportunities to work online for many reasons.
    • Global Participants: Schoolteachers instruct students virtually, so they get to connect with participants from around the world. This adds a unique flavor to the classroom. Teaching online can be like traveling internationally without leaving the house.
    • No Commuting: Being able to work online cuts out the daily commute. This tactic can save time and money by cutting back on gasoline, bus fare, wear-and-tear on personal vehicles, plus it is an eco-friendly choice!
    • Technology Expertise: Scholars who teach online expand their knowledge base and put into practice their technology skills. A variety of instructional devices can be applied throughout a tutoring session.
    • More Options: An instructor who teaches remotely can work for any learning academy around the nation or world. When teachers limit themselves to local or onsite classrooms, they substantially reduce their employment options.
    Mentors who decide to work online by teaching English open up to freedom, extra income and an interesting career path. Virtual education is also popular because it is an effective way to learn and teach.
    The Teaching English as a Foreign Language field continues to develop new instructional techniques. Whether by bringing technology into the classroom or by creating a virtual classroom through an e-learning platform, the English language is being taught in a very efficient method as it adapts itself to international students’ requests.
    Join this fantastic world where education evolves!
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  • March 14, 2020



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    How safe is Traveling to Mexico to do my TEFL Course

  • February 12, 2020




  • While the media often portrays Mexico as the most dangerous place on earth, it is statistically quite safe. According to NationMaster.com which uses U.N.-based data, Mexico doesn’t even make the list of the 36 nations with the highest murder rates. Mild-mannered nations like Sweden and Switzerland top Mexico for murders on NationMaster.com. 

    Places we think of as idyllic Caribbean retreats have double, triple, even quadruple the murder rates of Mexico. Mexico's famous vacation areas are even safer than the averaged statistics, and even safer still for tourists.

    Mexico is safer than many cities in the U.S.

    More than 150,000 Americans safely visit Mexico every day. And while the media sensationalizes stories of violence in Mexico, Mexico is safer than many major U.S. cities. Travelers feel relatively safe visiting popular U.S. cities like Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, Washington D.C, or Atlanta. Visitors from around the world enjoy these vibrant cities in relative, reasonable safety. Yet each of these cities is statistically less safe than Mexico.

    Media Favoritism versus Facts.

    New Orleans is beloved and its renaissance is showcased in the news. The FBI reports the murder rate of New Orleans is declining, but it is nearly 4 times higher than all of Mexico and over 5 times higher than Mexico City. New Orleans is still an amazing place to visit and the Media is right to champion this inspirational city.  But Mexico is at least as remarkable and there is a clear difference in how each of these storied destinations is portrayed in contemporary news.

    Every city and country has places that are safe and dangerous. Mexico is no exception. The areas that are dangerous should be avoided. And those that are safe should be enjoyed and celebrated.

    The U.S. State Department in Washington issues warnings about Mexico, yet Washington D.C. is four times more deadly than Mexico City. Washington’s murder rate has been cut almost in half in the last 10 years, but it still averages 24 per 100,000 vs. only 8-9 per 100,000 in Mexico City.  Mexico City is a cultural treasure that is larger than New York, London or Paris. In fact, it is about the same size as London and Paris combined.

    the respected 2012 Prominix report and are the most accurate statistics available on this subject.

     you are statistically safer in Mexico than anywhere else in North America. 

    tourists and visitors are statistically safer in Mexico and much less likely to be a victim of violent crime than in the U.S., Canada and many other countries regarded as safe.


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    Enroll For Our March 2 , 2020 Course And Get A Tequila Town Tour

  • February 10, 2020
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    Shortly after, we will visit the COFRADIA factory where you will enjoy a delicious meal (Not included) in its beautiful underground restaurant, LA TABERNA DEL COFRADE.
    Lastly, we will make a final stop for some Traditional Rompope (eggnog), so that you get to know and taste a great variety of delicious flavors.
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    The Business of English Teaching Overseas

  • November 8, 2018
  • https://www.languagemagazine.com/2018/09/06/the-business-of-english-teaching-overseas/

    Todd Squitieri gets down to the nitty-gritty of how to make a living as an EFL teacher
    It used to be that you went to Asia for a while because of the generous compensation. Even as early as 2011, teachers were flocking to rural camps in South Korea where no U.S. citizen in their right mind would dream of going. As the economy slowed down, rural South Korea was not looking so bad.
    Times are a-changin’, at least for the brick-and-mortar school. For brick-and-mortar, you should have at least a bachelor’s degree and some sort of teaching background or a TEFL certificate. Many people without a background in teaching often get that experience through TEFL programs or through volunteer teaching, like I did in New Jersey and New York. 
    Despite this, there are still places in the world where you can get by with no degree nor certification. But bear in mind that if you choose to go that route, it is not necessarily going to be the easier one. If you do not have certification and you are choosing to teach (legally or illegally) in some brick-and-mortar schools, you might also have to accept draconian employment conditions.
    You should have some volunteer experience (more for yourself, unless you have no inhibitions) and a TEFL certificate, even though it may not be necessary where you are going. Also, having a bachelor’s degree is usually a great way of getting your foot in the door, no matter what the subject is.
    My experience is mostly of Asia, so this is geared toward those who are interested in teaching there, but many of the strategies are effective wherever you want to teach, be it Eastern Europe or South America. 
    There are several ways to make a living out of teaching English overseas, so here is a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of each of them to give you a lay of the land—a map so that you know what to expect.
    Freelancer
    There are many people who get their English degrees and their TEFL certificates and then basically create their own businesses, or become freelancers. This is a way of using your degree about which few people think, because, if you are like me and you have graduated from a university or college and your whole mindset is “I need an employer,” then you probably will not even know what freelancing is, let alone know how to do it. 
    When I first graduated from ITTO in Guadalajara, Mexico, I was simply sending out resumes. Other people who had been in Mexico prior to me and who had also been in my program were doing something a little bit different: they were taking to the streets and going into restaurants, cafes, and concerts, handing out flyers or telling people that they had just gotten their teacher training certificates. They were in the streets running kind of de facto lessons right there, and Mexico is the kind of place where you can wing it like that, desperado style. Take to the streets and start doing lessons. 
    Within this freestyling market, there is plenty of room to develop a massive list of clients. It is not necessarily the easiest path if you are kind of shy or not used to putting yourself out there, but still viable. For the less outgoing type, you can do the exact same thing online, running Facebook ads, putting advertisements on different websites, putting out public notices using Craigslist, or sending out personal emails—all of which are great ways to get your name out there. 
    In Thailand, you are not really allowed to freelance with Thai citizens unless you have a work permit. This goes for some other countries as well—unless you are actually hired by a citizen to be an employee in that country, you are not officially allowed to work. However, in other countries, you can obtain your own work permit, so you need to check before you travel.
    There are many advantages to freelancing—you can choose your own hours, work anywhere, and develop more meaningful relationships with the people you work with. Essentially, you are your own boss, which is a very attractive option. 
    You can also design your own service— what you are going to offer, how you are going to offer it, what contracts you are going to use, how they are going to be signed, and what happens with cancellations. You get to determine all of that because you are in control, and you pretty much get to design the life that you want based on the service you are providing.
    The disadvantages you should consider are that it can be inefficient, meaning that if you are focused on one person at a time, then it is a very slow process, and you are putting yourself at financial risk if that one person gets sick or cannot make a lesson. 
    One way around this issue is to teach classes of students, but this often takes some time to arrange. It also means you may have to volunteer so that people can see the value they will get from you. Freelancing can be just as risky as running your own business. 
    The other thing to remember is that there is no safety net—if you are too sick to teach, your income will stop.
    Private Schools
    The obvious option after graduating from a TEFL course is to teach in a private school. Private schools are nearly always looking for English teachers, and they are also a good place to get experience not only in teaching but also in business. If you need some money straight away, they can also give you a good influx of immediate liquidity. 
    There are plenty of them all over the world. Some are part of major chains (e.g., Berlitz, English First, Wall Street English). These chains have their own curricula, their own programs, their own covenants, their own systems, and their own ways of doing things. These are all very well-oiled machines that can be places to build your skills. One bonus is that they offer opportunities for growth in different departments.
    They are often very comfortable schools with the latest projectors and laser pointers. Internet access is excellent, and you get your own curriculum and your own syllabus. You could simply follow the rubric, read from it and then parrot it back to the students. Not a whole lot of thinking involved, but you sure do get to learn how a well-run system operates if you are thinking of someday running your own school.
    Ultimately, you will be comfortable, physically speaking (we will get to the emotional part in a little bit). You will be able to teach at optimal capacity, and the lessons that you do teach will not necessarily have to involve you focusing on anything in particular. In other words, hardly any brainpower will be used. You simply deliver the lessons as they are. You will get bonafide training—but you have to be part of the system. 
    Sometimes, teachers find themselves in repetitive, monotonous situations, doing the same thing over and over and over again. And it becomes kind of a drag and people get depressed. 
    This might not be so fun if you are in class 40+ hours a week, and these schools demand many hours—many more than public schools—60 to 80 a week, maybe even more. You will probably get two weeks of vacation, but you will not even see much of the country you came to visit because you will be working so hard.
    Some of these schools also flip schedules around so that every week you get your weekend on a different day. This point is for those in the Western countries mostly who are used to having what we would define as weekends: Saturday and Sunday. Many countries do not recognize “weekend.” It is not really in their vocabulary.
    The politics of these chain schools can become pretty intense, especially if there is a reward system, a bonus system, or some kind of commission system, which can breed an atmosphere of negativity. This happens often in Asia, particularly in the hagwons of South Korea.
    Some work at private schools in Korea, and Asia generally, just to make quick money, often working hard for a few months and then leaving with a lump sum, but I do not recommend that, because you want to be able to foster relationships that you can hold on to for the long haul, especially with people who you consider your customers. You want to be able to build equity and wealth, and the way you do that is by fostering relationships with the people who believe in you enough to pay you.
    Your Own School
    The next thing I want to talk about is running your own business, which is possibly the step after freelancing. This is what many English teachers do after they have had experience teaching. Sometimes, teachers will partner with local citizens because they cannot run a business without a partner who is a local citizen, and they start their own schools or teach their own programs under their own profiles. They do their own marketing and advertising, and they run their own shows. 
    You get to be your own boss. You get to have your own rules, you get to decide your own schedule. Also, you get your own real estate, your own property. It is something that you can touch, you can hold. It is a school, it is a building. You own it, it is yours. It is land. It is wealth that accrues, potentially, and you could eventually sell it to somebody else for more money if you end up doing well, so that it grows into something that is an asset for you. Not to mention the fact that you can be acquired or merge with other businesses. 
    Starting your own school is no easy feat. It takes a lot of networking. It takes a lot of upfront interaction with other people if you are planning to start something overseas, because you cannot simply do it alone like in the U.S. You are required to get a partner in most countries if that is where you are starting, unless you start a company in the States and then grow it overseas. You might have an easier time doing this, actually. 
    It requires you to be social and for you to make demands of others, even though you cannot control other people, while also managing employees. As an employer myself at times, I can honestly say that if you are not deeply involved with your employees, you are subject to getting into deep trouble.
    Running a business is very hard work, and it is only right for certain people with a certain mindset. 
    Odds and Ends
    If you are a new graduate with no idea what you want to do and literally any job that comes your way would be a good fit while you attempt to figure out reality, then I have some resources for you to check out:
    The one website I used when I was first looking for employment as an English teacher was obviously the most famous one of all, Dave’s ESL Cafe. It still has an active community, and there are many job postings, all the time. 
    My school, ITTO, claims automatic job placement. Whether you get a good job or bad job is a different story (and obviously entirely dependent on your needs), but they did have the automatic guarantee that you would be placed and start working right away after graduation. I found this to be true. Many people did end up working at schools and getting the experience that they needed. So, keep this in mind if you go the TEFL-training route. 
    Also, look at the online schools, like Verbling, italki, Upwork, and Fiverr. There are a lot of people hiring on these and other platforms, and they are great for freelancers who want to be able to bank clients from one platform to another and string together a series of clients they can work with regularly and create their own kind of flexible lifestyle for themselves. 
    The most important advice is to know your own worth and not settle for less. Know that there are plenty of opportunities, which might not even be in English teaching, but do not simply go for any job merely because it is a job and you can get money. Life is too short to be doing jobs you hate, or to be in a system that you despise, or to be doing stuff that you simply do not want to be doing. Do not forget, we are living in a world where there are people who have millions of dollars, hundreds of billions, and you can get more than enough money being a butler in a mansion in Malibu rather than being an English teacher working 80 hours a week. 
    I am of the firm belief that there is an opportunity for everyone everywhere. There are people for places and places for people, and part of the game of life is finding that place that you feel comfortable being in in the moment.
    If you are forcing yourself into teaching English, you have a mandate not to be taking any job where you are required to teach English. I am not saying that all jobs are supposed to be fun all the time, but I am saying that having a work ethic while also believing in what you are doing, enjoying what you are doing, and being satisfied with what you are doing while in service to others is a different story. Don’t let life be a drag, man. Just look at all of these opportunities.
    Todd Squitieri holds a BFA from New School University and an MA in Applied Sociology from William Paterson University. He has taught in five countries and currently resides in Da Nang, Vietnam where he is writing a book about his experiences. He may be reached at www.ToddSquitieri.com.