The ICAL TEFL Blog

© <a href='http://www.flickr.com/mpclemens/' target='_blank'>mpclemens</a>The ICAL TEFL Blog is an informal collection of articles written by ICAL TEFL staff on all aspects of TEFL and language in the widest possible sense. We also welcome posts by guest bloggers; if you would like the opportunity to post here, please see here.

The views expressed here are the individual views of ICAL staff or guest bloggers and do not necessarily reflect the views of ICAL TEFL as a training provider.

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Where have You Taught English?

The Taj Mahal, IndiaAnyone who has taught English abroad knows that TEFL is a fantastic way to travel and experience life in different countries.

I started teaching three weeks after I graduated and began an incredible journey which has seen me working in Spain, Italy, Thailand, India, Tunisia, Mexico and the UK with a deluge of experiences most people can't even imagine.

Anyone who has taught English abroad knows that this is what happens...

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YouGov, Accents, and Misleading the Public

An inaccurate map of British AccentsAnd the Ugliest British Accent is...

It's raging through the British press: the ugliest accents in the UK are Scouse, the whining, whinge from Liverpool and the blocked nasal drone of Brummie from Birmingham!

And then, barely raising a surprised eyebrow, at the top of the scale with the most attractive accent is the soft, gentle lilt of Southern Ireland.

It's all utter baloney of course but the papers won't tell you that...

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IATEFL & the Accreditation Scam

Harverd TEFL CertificateWe had an enquirer write to us the other day asking about our accreditation and IATFEL.

He could not decide which TEFL course to take: ours or another one. And one of the factors which worried him was that the other TEFL course was "accredited" by IATEFL.

Now you'll notice I put "accreditation" in inverted commas. I did that quite simply because it was a scam. And here's why...

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This Will Revolutionize Teaching

Radio SchoolFor years they've been telling us that new technology will revolutionize teaching.

First it was film. Then radio. Then TV. Then video. Then computers. Then MOOCs...

And they were wrong. Wrong every time. Wrong all the time.

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Chinese Whispers: Offensive or Not?

Two women whispering.We have a TEFL teaching activity on our site called Chinese Whispers or Telephone.

Some say it's a demeaning and offensive title, if not outright racist. Others say it's fine and that it's ridiculous to question it.

So opinion is divided which means, of course, that we need to ask the question outright and try and find an answer for sure: Is the name Chinese Whispers offensive or not?

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Is TEFL in China really a Scam?

WarningThere's a lot of hype these days about TEFL teaching in China. This poll is to find out what the truth is.

Some say that it's full of scams, others say that it's perfectly safe.

But what's the truth? What's your story?

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"Incapable & Unfit" English Teachers

A school bus stuck on a railway crossing.The Malaysian Education minister recently revealed that two-thirds of the English teachers in the country were either "incapable" or "unfit" to teach in schools.

Following the revelation there's been a lot of soul searching in the country as to where the blame lies and what can be done about it.

An editorial blog by our Asian TEFL expert, Judy Kim.

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