So You Want to be an English Language Teacher?


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  • Join me this Friday for a Free Webinar! Career Development Tips for English Language Teachers at 4pmNYC/9pmUK! Great for anyone looking to change their job or become an English teacher
  • Hi my name is Shelly Sanchez Terrell and I’d like to thank Tyson for inviting me today and you for joining us today.
  • So You Want to be an English Language Teacher?

    1. So You Want to be an English Language Teacher? Photo by Shermeee,
    2. Why teach English?
    3. You’ll need credentials
    4. BenefitsPay Working conditions Visa Requirements Certification needed Living arrangements Class size, age & level
    5. Read your contract carefully
    6. Moving fees Preparation time Class size Duration Penalties Termination terms Can you freelance?
    7. “Behind the need to communicate is the need to share. Behind the need to share is the need to be understood.” - Leo Rosten Playing with the cell phone photography capabilities by pedrosimoes7, Flickr
    8. What do my students want to share? How do I help them share so that others understand them?
    9. Language Content Development Home Life Assimilation Literacy
    10. Be familiar with language teaching theories & strategies
    11. Sewing Room Labs Dogme Workshop CLIL Dance Studio Dogme
    13. Peek-a-boo - _MG_6709 by sean dreilinger, Flickr “Language body conversation” - Dr. James Asher Total Physical Response (TPR)
    14. 100+ video recordings of strategies,
    15. Get to know them!
    16. Consider the developmental stage and needs
    17. Cultivate Relationships with Icebreakers, Warm-ups & Fillers
    18. Role- plays
    19. Play games
    20. Build routines
    21. Differentiate activities Move around Include rest periods Balance out activity and inactivity
    22. Suggested Kid Activities Hello game! Discovery Game! Closing song/dance! Color! Snack Break! Dance! Sing! Hands-on Activity! Read a Book! Hello song! Games!
    23. Suggested Teen Activities Pair or group mini tasks Discussions in circles Games Scavenger Hunts Surveys Discussions on the floor Creating short films Interviews Journal Hands-on activities
    24. Suggested Adult Activities Pair work for mini tasks Discussions in circles Board games or thinking games Surveys Stand-up discussions Creating short films Interviews Journal Hands-on activities
    25. Connect withTeachers Online
    26. -Number of Teachers on LinkedIn
    27. But there are nearly…. Of authors, researchers, organizations, professionals, thought leaders, subject matter experts, etc. who you and your students can learn from.
    28. Personal Learning Networks Refueling the Way We Teach
    29. Find Your #Hashtag! #ESL #BESIG #ELLChat #yltsig#ELTPics #ELTchat #TESOL
    30. The classroom set-up should support their learning
    31. Integrate Technology
    32. Online Learning Spaces
    33. & iOS/Android Apps
    35. Create a Survival Kit
    36. Have fun!
    37. “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” - Carol Buchner
    39. Get your copy of Learning to Go- Amazon- The 30 Goals for Teachers