Yearly archive for 2012

How To Prepare for Volunteer Teaching in Chile

How To Prepare for Volunteer Teaching in Chile

A volunteer English teacher with the English Opens Doors program in Chile writes about her experiences at the EOD Orientation and offers three tips on how to prepare for volunteer teaching in Chile.

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10 Tips For Teaching Large Classes

10 Tips For Teaching Large Classes

Teaching large classes can be daunting if you’ve never stood in front of that many students before.  Ideally, ESL class sizes are fairly small.  Discipline is easier, and you can devote more resources and time to giving each student the attention that they need.  Things don’t always work out like that, though.  In many schools, where resources are limited, you may find yourself staring at a sea of 20 or more faces.  Not to worry—once you get the hang of it, teaching a large class is not only easy, it can be a lot of fun.  Here are a few tips to get you going on the right foot: Plan, Plan, Plan  To keep a large class engaged, you need to keep things moving and have a lot of energy.  That means you need to know exactly what you and the students are doing next.  Dead time while you are shuffling through textbooks or notes trying to find the right page or choose an activity is the perfect time for students to get distracted and start misbehaving. Establish Routines  Routines are one of the most important things to have in terms of maintaining order in the classroom.  When students know […]

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5 Reasons To Teach in Bangkok, Thailand

5 Reasons To Teach in Bangkok, Thailand

Following on the heels of her last article entitled 5 Things You Shouldn’t Expect While Teaching in Thailand, guest writer Andrea Emerson now writes about her top five reasons for teaching in Bangkok.

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RTT April 2012 Taiwan Event – A Day of Biking in Taipei

RTT April 2012 Taiwan Event - A Day of Biking in Taipei

Canadian expat Alex Frustaglio leads RTT Taiwan teachers on a day of biking in Taipei for her first event as Taiwan Social Event Coordinator.

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RTT May Event: Lotus Lantern Festival and Itaewon Pubs in Seoul

RTT May Event: Lotus Lantern Festival and Itaewon Pubs in Seoul

Reach To Teach will be hosting a meet-up at the Annual Lotus Lantern Festival. This will be a great chance to meet fellow teachers and experience a very special cultural event! The Lotus Lantern Festival is a annual modern-day  tradition that offers visitors the chance to experience Buddhist culture. The main event of the festival is the Lantern Parade, during which more than 100,000 brightly colored illuminated lanterns and lantern floats flood the streets of downtown Seoul. Come join us to celebrate this tradition and meet other RTT teachers! Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2012 Times: 5:00 PM – Meet at Anguk Metro Station 5:15-5:30 (once everyone arrives at the station) – Have dinner in the Insadong area 7:00-9:00 – Watch the parade and participate in festival activities 9:30-10:00 – Head to Itaewon 10:30 – Wolfhound Irish Pub (Other pubs in the area will follow) Please contact Caroline Hosey if you have any questions. Also if you can’t make the Lantern Festival, but want to join at the pub, that is fine too. Her number is 010-7130-8190. If you have Kakao talk, that is the best method of contact, if not a text message or phone call is great too!

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RTT April Event: A Bike Ride down the Xindian River

RTT April Event: A Bike Ride down the Xindian River

Put your biking gear on and get ready for a beautiful and relaxing ride down the Xindian River. Don’t have a bike? No problem! We’ll meet at Gongguan MRT Station, where there is a rental bike facility close by. Then we’ll hop on the trail and bike all the way to Xindian, about a 2-hour ride south. Once at Xindian we can celebrate all our hard work with a well-deserved meal, and then take our bikes back on the MRT to drop them off where we began. When: Sunday April 22nd, 14:30 to 19:30 Where: Meet at Gonguan MRT Price: Free! (But bring money for bike rental, transportation, and dinner!) Bring: Your bike (or money to rent one), some cash for dinner and transportation, rain gear (hopefully we won’t need it!), a camera Visit our Facebook Event page to RSVP! With gorgeous views of the river, the city, and Taiwan’s mountains, this bike ride has it all!  Looking forward to seeing you there!  

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Bangkok Motorbike Adventures

Bangkok Motorbike Adventures

Guest writer Andrea Emerson writes about her motorbike adventures with motosai drivers in Bangkok, Thailand.

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ESL Teaching Tips: Teaching With Limited Resources

ESL Teaching Tips: Teaching With Limited Resources

When you volunteer to teach abroad, you are likely to find yourself having to do without many familiar teaching materials.  Art supplies, markers, textbooks, a photocopier, games and computers could all be in short supply for you and your students.  But don’t be discouraged—this is the perfect chance to let your creativity and resourcefulness shine through in the ESL classroom. If you know that you are traveling to an area where schools are under-funded and in need of support, you can prepare in advance to be teaching with limited resources.  Find out about what is likely to be available and how limited the resources are, and bring some materials with you.  Construction paper, crayons, a small ball, and speakers for your computer or ipod can all make a big difference in your class.  It is also a great idea to look into TEFL courses that have a module on teaching with limited resources.  This can help you be even more prepared before you go. During class, focus on games or activities that involve a lot of speaking.  Role playing, conversations, and drama activities can get your students speaking and learning with virtually no resources.  Write up a short script before […]

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