Teaching

Lessons in Greek

Lessons in Greek

“M’ opoion daskalo kathiseis, tetoia grammata tha matheis” they say in Greece. Whichever teacher you learn with, such lessons you learn.   And the teacher I learnt with was a tiny, excitable, slightly mad, retired primary school teacher from the villages in deepest Corfu, with the weather-beaten face of an old tree trunk. She gave […]

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Goodbye To All This – 10 Years in TEFL

Goodbye To All This – 10 Years in TEFL

Reflections on 10 years of teaching with the Boozers, Losers and Cruisers.

TEFL: a profession where the teachers have to read a grammar book for beginners before going in to their lessons.
Are there any other sort of teachers who have to desperately catch up with the level of knowledge that their students have? Do Geography teachers have to check an atlas before they go into class?

But then, when you meet some of your fellow teachers in the TEFL world, it’s a wonder some of them have even managed to put their trousers on in the morning. In fact, some haven’t…

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La Vie en Teaching

La Vie en Teaching

Saved from being down and out in Paris by taking a job teaching English as a Foreign Language to children of the impossibly rich, the never-ending appeal of the city tries to compensate for a job where you’re viewed as a heap of rags blown in off the street at best. But maybe a job as a busking chanson on the streets of Pigalle would be a better a prospect?

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Teaching Tokyo

Teaching Tokyo

Having ‘conquered’ Europe the next stop for the English Foreign Language teacher has to be Tokyo. The perennial honeypot for teachers seduced by the prospect of an incomprehensible language, an indecipherable alphabet, inscrutable customs and an intoxicating way of life. Getting the students to talk about anything other than Disney characters or understanding that when your boss tells you “this is not a problem” it really IS a big problem, is another matter though.

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Teaching Europe

Teaching Europe

Where do you go when the world has become your oyster?
When you have just acquired the English teaching qualification that is your passport to the world?
The answer, for this teacher anyway, is across Europe, travelling to each new country by train and discovering the different cultures, students, types of accommodation and ways of life thrown up by each new location. And trying to master the past perfect tense before his class suss him out.

Originally asked to be written for a UK-based magazine, this article is a longer look at the life of a travelling TEFL teacher through Europe.

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