Tom's Teaching Tips - Make Gap Fills Fun

Make Gap Fills Fun [Teaching Tip]

There seem to be an awful lot of gap-fill exercises in course books these days, and they can be pretty dull for student and teacher alike. Here are a couple of ideas for avoiding the “Do-exercise-2-then-check answers” technique… 100-metre Sprint Ask your students to keep their books closed, tell them they have exactly one minute…

6 Tips to Ace Your Skype Interview

A Skype interview is the norm in the TEFL industry nowadays, especially in the first stages of the application process. The same, if not more, preparation goes into these kinds of interviews compared to a face-to-face interview. Here are my six tips for a successful Skype interview. Skype interview tips Check your tech Check for…

Teaching English in Scandinavia

Scandinavia is an often overlooked destination on the TEFL itinerary, yet there are plenty of rewards the ambitious TEFL teacher can reap in this region. Scandinavia tops nearly every index for gender equality, standard of living, health benefits and economic and political stability. Dramatic landscapes make these Northern European countries some of the most beautiful…

EPIK programme

What is EPIK?

What is EPIK? Where in South Korea can you be placed? Types of EPIK schools Age of learners When to apply Pay scale Benefits Requirements for EPIK EPIK application process What is EPIK? EPIK (English Programme in Korea) are affiliated with the Korean Ministry of Education and their aim is to improve the English-speaking abilities…

JET Programme

What is JET?

Japan is one of the world’s top TEFL destinations and a great country for those new to TEFL looking for their first teaching position, and it’s not hard to see why. Japan is full of ancient traditions and culture and offers something for everyone; from outdoor activities such as skiing and hiking to enchanting castles…

Travel apps for TEFL teachers

Useful travel apps for TEFL teachers

A great app is able to solve a problem or make your life easier. Useful travel apps can make your life teaching English abroad an absolute breeze; you’ll wonder how people ever survived before the Smartphone! Here are our favourites: DuoLingo  Problem: You can’t speak a foreign language. Solution: Designed like a game, this app…