Monthly archive for March 2012

Tips For Getting Along With Your Co-Teacher

Tips For Getting Along With Your Co-Teacher

Being a good teacher isn’t just about having the right lesson plan and teaching methods.  It’s also about building trust, rapport, and good communication with your students.  But it’s not just your students who you have to have a good relationship with.  Your co-teachers will be a big part of your day-to-day job.  They are there to help, and getting along well can make teaching a breeze.  If you get off on the wrong foot, though, you may find every day to be a struggle.  Here are a few tips to help you form a good relationship with your co-teacher. The first time that you meet your co-teacher, remember that first impressions matter!  On the first day at your school, you might be feeling all sorts of emotions; it’s normal to be feeling excited, a little overwhelmed, or even a bit worried.  When you meet your Georgian co-workers and co-teachers, stay positive, be friendly, and, of course, smile!  No one wants to be working with someone who seems unenthusiastic. Before you go into your first class, have a conversation with your co-teacher to clarify what your roles and responsibilities will be.  Even among different teachers in the same school, the […]

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Teach in Georgia: Interview with TLG Volunteer Teacher Isaac Gregson

Teach in Georgia: Interview with TLG Volunteer Teacher Isaac Gregson

Teach in Georgia! Today we have a special treat for you. Isaac Gregson, a volunteer teacher with the Teach and Learn in Georgia program, has kindly offered to answer some of our questions about living and teaching in the beautiful Republic of Georgia.

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How To Get Along With Your Host Family

How To Get Along With Your Host Family

Living with a host family is an opportunity like no other.  You will get to know the local culture not just as a visitor and observer, but as a part of a family.  That doesn’t mean that it will be all smooth sailing, though.  From language barriers to misunderstandings about one another’s cultures, living with a host family presents a number of challenges.  Here are some tips on what to expect, and how to make sure that your home-stay abroad goes well. Language Barrier The biggest problem that you are likely to encounter is the language barrier.  Although members of your host family will likely have some English ability, there’s a good chance that it will be fairly basic.  Whether you have a good foundation in the local language, or have just learned a few words, communicating with you host family will likely pose a challenge. Asking your local friends and coworkers to help translate can be a great help, but ultimately it will only get you so far.  You can’t rely on translators for the day-to-day interactions and conversations that make up most of your life with your host family.  Your own studies of the local language will help. […]

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect While Teaching in Thailand

5 Things You Shouldn't Expect While Teaching in Thailand

This is Andrea Emerson, Bangkok based expat English teacher. I have spent over a year teaching English to hormone riddled teenagers, attempting to photograph fire balloons and generally not going on any dates, and now I would like to impart some of my wisdom from this crazy adventure. If you’d like to learn more about teaching in Thailand, Bangkok specifically, or even if you just want to know where on earth to buy women’s essentials in this land that doesn’t really ‘do’ tampons, you’ve come to the right place.

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