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How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

Having recently started a small school for locals wanting to learn English, it would be - perhaps (?) interesting to swop ideas and tips?

I have five pupils at the moment - 4 in a class, and one private.

Anyone interested in contributing to this thread in a constructive and interesting way?
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

Yes, I would be. I am currently teaching English as a foreign language privately (in Malta).
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Old 24.01.2013, 11:10
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

I would be interested, as well. I am "teaching" my neighbor, after she decided 100 CHF for her private lessons just wasn't worth it. I reassured her that as she mostly just needs to practice, that I would be happy to help out...

What material as you using? She was using the "Outcomes" series book from her previous teacher (Heinle Cengate Learning) so I bought the teacher's book and am winging it.

I think in some ways it is probably easier to work in a group rather than private, to let them speak away and discuss items in the book - might open it up to other neighbors who want to improve their English. Now, I am not looking to start a career of this, at least not yet, but maybe this will help me decide if it is for me!

BTW, do you have teaching EFL credentials? I have taught classes before, just not English language
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

Yes, would be interested too. I taught French (my native language) and German in the UK (UK B.Ed.Hons Degree) and now teach English as foreign lang. to locals, children and adult alike - in small groups and 1 to 1 too - including some intensive courses here or in the UK on request.
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

Hi there,

My name is Ana and I arrived here in Switzerland last week from Australia with my fiancé who is a Swiss national and we are both working out whether we want to stay put here.

I completed the Cambridge CELTA course last year and am looking around for potential English teaching jobs or to get some sort of experience here in Switzerland. To be honest I have no idea where to start.

I have taught adults of elementary and pre-elementary levels using material supplied by Cambridge. A lot of my course books are still on their way from Australia but I would love to contribute in anyway and take on board any ideas/advice from this thread.

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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

I got a Tesol qualification, back in England in the 90's; undertook a few private lessons to then colleagues of the wife's, but haven't done anything here (yet).

Maybe we should start with a bit of gentle guidance to some posters here.
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

I would definitely be in. Did my CELTA in 2001 and have been teaching since then. At the moment, and the foreseeable future, just have a few private lessons a week, as I don't fancy paying more in childcare than I earn. Would be great to stay in touch in this way.
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

As well as CELTA, do SVEB1 and SVEB2 to gain qualifications needed for many state jobs.
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As well as CELTA, do SVEB1 and SVEB2 to gain qualifications needed for many state jobs.
I have a B.Ed and TEFL certificate. I am currently undertaking the Teaching Business English module ... what are SVEB1/2?
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I have a B.Ed and TEFL certificate. I am currently undertaking the Teaching Business English module ... what are SVEB1/2?
Similar to Celta and Delta. Sveb1 and Sveb2 are Swiss qualifications for all teachers in further education. (Adult students)
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

Ahh...... nice to see so many positive posts to this thread!

I did the Celta course about a year ago. And then it took me a year to recover! ...... till I finally had the energy/inspiration to get started on my own.

I`m using the Straightforward course book (by Jim Scrivener & Mike Sayer), at the moment. All my students are elementary. It`s a good course book, and the teachers book has stacks of ideas for different approaches/ideas for varying repetitions - without the student getting bored - and building on the previous lessons.

The students book has, besides the basic price, (for an extra Sfr5) online practice available for a year, so they can practice at home, worth the extra bit.

At first I thought loading the cost of a course book on them was not neccessary, but have found it decreases my own workload ..... of printing out questionnaires/pictures/quizes/etc. So now I insist on it! And it`s good for them, to be able to go over the work later on their own.

..... I seem to spend HOURS preparing lesson plans!

And now I spend more hours preparing ALL the future lesson plans! And neglecting the housework!

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OK, my question to you other English teachers ....... How long are your courses? And how did you arrive at that length of time?

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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

The duration of my own courses varies enormously. Several of my students are preparing for their IELTS or First/Advanced Certificates so we have lessons right up to their exam (weeks or months).

Obviously, things are a bit different here in Malta, and many students come to the island to start learning the language, improve it or, indeed, prepare for the above exams.

I also host students which is pretty intensive and these courses are usually for two weeks.
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Old 24.01.2013, 14:22
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I would be interested, as well. I am "teaching" my neighbor, after she decided 100 CHF for her private lessons just wasn't worth it. I reassured her that as she mostly just needs to practice, that I would be happy to help out...

What material as you using? She was using the "Outcomes" series book from her previous teacher (Heinle Cengate Learning) so I bought the teacher's book and am winging it.

I think in some ways it is probably easier to work in a group rather than private, to let them speak away and discuss items in the book - might open it up to other neighbors who want to improve their English. Now, I am not looking to start a career of this, at least not yet, but maybe this will help me decide if it is for me!

BTW, do you have teaching EFL credentials? I have taught classes before, just not English language
Celta. A fantastic course to take. Beside never having time to sleep/eat/relax, one learns a lot.

Actually, I should have taken this course before I had children! .... hahahaaa .... learning the learning process and how it works!
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

I did the CELTA course in London about 10 years ago and also took a year to recover. Then I taught teenagers at summer school and didn't enjoy that. Would like to teach adults privately.
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

I am thinking to do the Celta course as well to teach English here if I don't go back in my old profession. I am in for this thread too.
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

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'. .... I seem to spend HOURS preparing lesson plans!'

-I'm totally with you on this one! Now I work out how much time I have to prepare and set a timer. -concentrates the mind wonderfully -

As for course lengths, I think Migrosklubschule was about 14 lessons. I do 10 as I find it easier to deal with.

As for the SVEB I, I think it depends on how many lessons you do at one particular school, at least that was the case 3 years ago. I would be interested to know if anyone has ever got into a 'State' or an international school, i.e. not a private language school, without the 'Höhere Lehramt' (basically education at university level) and a degree in English.
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

I have been teaching grown-ups aside of regular classes for 17 years and honestly really enjoy working with slightly younger students these days. It's fun to channel the rebellious spirit into learning drive.

Just been to IFFP bootcamp, it was fun to hang out with other teachers, though the actual content of the seminars...
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'. .... I seem to spend HOURS preparing lesson plans!'

-I'm totally with you on this one! Now I work out how much time I have to prepare and set a timer. -concentrates the mind wonderfully -

As for course lengths, I think Migrosklubschule was about 14 lessons. I do 10 as I find it easier to deal with.

As for the SVEB I, I think it depends on how many lessons you do at one particular school, at least that was the case 3 years ago. I would be interested to know if anyone has ever got into a 'State' or an international school, i.e. not a private language school, without the 'Höhere Lehramt' (basically education at university level) and a degree in English.
With the Celta qualification, there`s another short course one does to qualify to teach English as a second language in schools in CH - it`s a 2 day course, costing about Sfr600. I forget the ABC title of it, as it was not on my own agenda.

At MY age, the Celta was quite enough for my brain! And for ME. I just want to groove at home in my little "Englisch Schule" - and earn a bit of pocket money, at the same time see some results stemming from my new learned ability to "teach English"!

Most of my students have been to the Migrosklubschule - and were not impressed - they say they felt like just another number there - and that the teacher could not/would not (?) do any translations (or were not into realia/drawing/pictures/CQ`s) with difficult English words, into German, so they ended up lost, bored, falling asleep. Plus it was VERY expensive.

I`ve divided my courses into 6 week slots, so they are not committed forever, and new-comers can begin at the beginning fairly soon, or more advanced can be slotted in. I`m just winging it at the moment, and hoping it all doesn`t end up tooooo complicated!
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Re: How about a thread for teachers of English to adults?

If it can help.

My Spanish teacher comes to my house or I go to hers or we go out in coffees or even shopping. I am with her since one year at an average of 3 times per week. My Spanish level is now B1.

I could be much higher if it wasn't my busy mom's life with two young kids. Still she thinks it is very impressive what I manage to learn in this past year. We work with books, CDs, Internet, videos, fashion and gossips magazines and what is going on in the actuality, my life, her life. Our relationship is more than teacher-student as she is also a very close friend. We spent Christmas with both our family together.

Her teaching style is amazing and very effective. She has a master degree in business Spanish and is working on her Doc. I am one of her laboratory rat on who she tests her teaching's methods and it works.

The teacher I had before her was useless. Her method was to follow the books and only that. Conversations were focus on the exercise we were doing and that's it. My husband is still with her as it is paid by the company and sadly, he didn't improved much.

The key is conversation, conversation and more conversation.
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