Category Archives: TEFL

Makes You Think III

This week’s instalment of comments overheard in my classroom: Consumerism Isn’t it amazing to think of the varieties of fresh produce and items available in our supermarkets? One text prompted a student of mine to write, ‘She saw milk in … Continue reading

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Makes You Think II

This week’s round-up of the weird and wonderful thoughts from my students: Magic One of my reading class students read the word ‘magician’ and asked what it meant. I described the traditional image of a magician using a magic wand, … Continue reading

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Makes You Think

Each week, I’ll be posting the most thought-provoking comments from my students. If you missed it, check out last week’s edition here. Word association One task that we frequently ask students to complete is working out the definitions of new … Continue reading

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Curiosity – learning from my students

Curiosity. I lost it temporarily. The pursuit of it caused me to quit my job and move halfway across the world. Now as a teacher, my students often ask me about things I’ve never really considered, such as why a … Continue reading

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If…

If you can hold your breath when all about Kids sneeze open-mouthed at you, If you can trust yourself when all students doubt you, But make sense of their doubting too; If you can wait for a word and not … Continue reading

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Teaching English – one month in

I’ve completed my first four weeks teaching English here in Singapore. I’m enjoying the job, and mostly teaching Kindergarteners (aged 4-5) their phonics to enable them to read, along with expanding their vocabulary. However, I have some older groups up … Continue reading

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Lah Lah Land – Singlish in Singapore

One month ago, I flew to Singapore. I had resigned from a good job in London to come teach English, having no real experience of teaching beforehand and only a TEFL certificate and English Literature degree to back me up. … Continue reading

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