Author Archives: Tacito

EFL TEACHERS! DO YOU MAKE THESE NINE MISTAKES IN CLASS?  1 YOU TELL THE STUDENTS TOO MANY THINGS. This is what I also call the “saying out loud things that you should just keep to yourself” syndrome. It goes something like this: you say to your class, “OK, so we’re going to play this game, but we’re going to use the board instead of these cute little photocopies I had planned to give you, but I can’t give you as the copier is broken. Sorry about that, but these things happen, and well, we need to adapt and adjust to what we have… OK… Oh, I’ll need another marker because this one is not working properly…” And it goes on and on and on… Over time, it becomes irritating for your students. You are supposed to check your materials before class and organize alternatives if need to. Your students don’t need…

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Get TEFL Certified in Paris with iTTi Interview with Dan Brechbiel Hello, my name is Dan. I discovered iTTi when I was 53 years old, and purely by chance. I was ready and looking for a new direction in life. I knew that I wanted to be in Paris, France, and I knew I wanted to teach. What I didn’t know was how to make these seemingly different things happen together. One day, I googled “ESL Paris,” never expecting to get any further in my search. The first listing that popped up was for iTTi, an international organization with training schools around the globe. Around the globe? (I clicked on France) Schools in Brittany and in Paris. Without giving it a second thought, I applied and paid a deposit. Did that just happen? Was it that easy? It did, and it was. I soon received a detailed email from iTTi…

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TEFL Course in Amman

Jordan has a unique position among the countries of the Middle East. Although it shares borders with Iraq, Syria, Israel, and Palestine, Jordan has never been involved in any conflict and has gained the reputation as a peace-loving country, popular with foreign teachers from across the globe due to its high earning potential, superior living standard, well-developed healthcare system, and natural beauty. If you are in Vietnam, you can get a business visa at the airport and theoretically work the next day. Things are not so simple in Jordan. According to local laws, employers cannot hire international workers without getting approval from the ministry of labor beforehand. Before moving to Jordan it is imperative that you have a proper job offer in hand, where the employer is willing and able to sponsor your work visa. Since the country aims to produce a bilingual society in the foreseeable future, there is…

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TESOL Course in Dubai

Dubai Police on a flying bike Stunning beaches. Amazing architecture. Year-round warm temperatures. Dubai seems to be the perfect combination for a TEFL program and a vacation destination. As a first-time visitor, you should know some of the laws in Dubai to make sure you don’t get in trouble with the police or the country yourself. Dubai is famous for hefty fines. Do you hang your wet towels and clothes out to dry on the balcony on vacation? It’s a normal habit for us, but it’s one that’s forbidden in Dubai. According to Emirates247.com, doing so could affect the beauty of the city and potentially create a fire hazard. Also, no satellite dishes or rubbish can be on the balconies, either. Ignore this, and a fine of up to $400 could be yours. Are you planning on using a rental car in Dubai? If it’s been a while since you…

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Preparing for the iTTi Teacher Trainer Certification Test. Passing it the first time around. THE NATURE AND VALUE OF WORLD ENGLISHES, DIALECT, AND VARIATION The term, WORLD ENGLISH, became popular in the 1960s and has increasingly become a way to refer to English, which dominates many aspects of the political and economic progress of the world. The term World Englishes describes American English, British English, Indian English, South African English, and, according to many, the English used by other people to communicate in world trade, travel, and politics. This makes it difficult for teachers to decide which English to teach. Estimates suggest that non-native English speakers outnumber native speakers. The question “Whose English are we talking about?” becomes a very important topic in the ESOL classroom. The Indian linguist Braj Kachru describes the English-speaking world as you can see it in below picture While the Inner Circle comprises traditional English-speaking…

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The Health Pass or Pass Sanitaire is essentially a way of proving your Covid-19 status in order to enter public events and establishments. Initially launched in July 2021, the Health Pass has now become French law and will continue to be used until a minimum of July 31st, 2022, although it may well be extended beyond this date. Watch France 24https://youtu.be/LMFvb9RkYh4as it shows the Health Pass in action. As the USA and other non-EU countries are not part of the EU digital travel pass, those countries’ vaccination certificates do not have QR codes that are compatible with the French health pass. This means that visitors from outside the European Union need to obtain a European code before they can use the health pass. Who can get the pass? This applies to anyone who was vaccinated outside the EU. What passport you hold is largely irrelevant, although French citizens vaccinated in the…

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Teaching English is a booming career and one of the most rewarding ones. On top, you get to see the world as you move from country to country. You have the option to choose between a top salary and an amazing experience such as in Dubai or Qatar and countries which are poorer and may need your help urgently.  Here the reward is that you help others improve their life. While you may never become a millionaire when teaching English, the salary that is paid in many countries allows for a comfortable lifestyle with travel during the vacation time. Although some countries and regions still pay very little (such as Thailand, Cambodia, or Central America), other countries, particularly teaching jobs in the Middle East and Asia, are compensating English teachers with amazingly excellent pay and benefits. Highest EFL-Teaching Salaries Highest EFL-Teaching Salaries 1. United Arab Emirates US$3,500 – 5,000 per…

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Qatar has become the richest country in the world. It attracts visitors and people who would like to work there due to the amazing salaries that are paid in this country. So, we even have a TEFL training center in Doha to allow prospective TEFL trainees to get certified next to the best-paying job opportunities. With all of that said, Qatar is an Islamic country. As people coming from different cultures, we must learn to follow the rules while staying there. Qatar exercises much more freedom within Islam than other Islamic nations, yet, there are certain don’ts. 1. Don’t Take Photos or Record a Video in Public. It is not permitted to take photos of people or video-record them. Likewise, you cannot photograph religious and military sites. You risk being arrested and jailed. If you are a reporter, you must obtain a permit from the Qatar News Agency to bring…

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France has a bit of an international reputation for being very protective of its language – but how easy is it to move here if your French is still at the very beginner level? How much French will I need for my daily life in France? Well, it very much depends on your personal circumstances, but also where you are. In famous tourist locations such as the French Riviera or Paris, English is widely spoken. But don’t expect everyone to speak English, especially in areas off the beaten tourist path. France regularly comes out towards the lower end of levels in English-language competency in countries around Europe , and older people may not speak any English at all. Starting a conversation with a French person in English and assuming they understand you is considered absolutely rude. So, if your French is poor, look up a phrase that can express what…

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TEFL Course in Baku

Country manager of iTTi in Azerbaijan “ Baku, Azerbaijan Afar Ibrahimov I started teaching and realized that this something I want in my life because the class is one of the places where I feel most at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeG9Ha9Awkg&feature=youtu.be interview Why have you chosen this career? One of the most common reasons to become a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of as many students as you can.  I worked in different fields, but I was not satisfied with my life because I did not like the work I did.  I became a teacher because I loved the profession of teaching. A teacher is an educator. You learn a lot by teaching. The love of teaching inspired me to choose this profession. I started teaching and realized that this is something I want in my life because the class is one of the places where I feel…

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