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Diary of a newbie English teacher part six: to language school or not to language school?

Written on Thursday, 19th November  For some reason, I’ve now found some new energy and enthusiasm for blogging and, en route to a new company class this afternoon, I had an idea for a new post which might be helpful … Continue reading

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An intriguing student: a dictation exam

So I have about six other blog posts pending at the moment, which I will hopefully finish once I’ve moved flats this weekend, but I have just had a very interesting class which I think warrants a quick scribble. I … Continue reading

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Authentic Listening – summary of an ELTABB workshop with Ian Badger

A few weeks ago now (I know, I’ve been neglectful of my poor blog!) I attended a workshop run by the English teachers’ association which I tweet for, ELTABB, on the subject of ‘authentic listening’. The presenter was Ian Badger … Continue reading

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Diary of a Newbie Teacher Part Three: The dark(er) side of being a freelance English teacher in Berlin

I’ve just got back from a wonderful week back at home in England, where two sets of friends were married, a stunning baby girl was born (not mine!) and an anniversary was celebrated with my boyfriend…and ever since my EasyJet … Continue reading

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Diary of a newbie teacher: Part One

Some tips for surviving the first month I’ve now been teaching in my school in Berlin for just over a month, which is still rather unbelievable to me! Although I’ve not been teaching for long, I have already taught a … Continue reading

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What makes a good language school?

I have admittedly not been in this ELT game for very long, but since I passed my CELTA, I have now taught in two very different private language schools here in Berlin, as well as having attended a few in … Continue reading

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8 further things I learnt during my first proper ELT job

First of all, I can promise I won’t write this sort of post until the end of time, going up to ‘things I’ve learnt during my nineteenth week as an English language teacher!’ ! It just so happens that, since … Continue reading

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First week teaching post-CELTA: 9 things I have learnt

I promise that my post about my fourth and final week of my CELTA is very nearly finished, but in advance of that, I thought I’d write a quick summary of my first week teaching – although it was a … Continue reading

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#firsttimeteaching – and #myfirstblogchallenge!

‘First time teaching’ was a blog challenge I first noticed on Joanna Malefaki’s blog – for once, it wasn’t her setting these brilliant blog challenges, but her acquaintance Theodora Papapanagiotou. I noticed Joanna’s post for this challenge on Saturday 9th May, one day … Continue reading

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