The ICAL TEFL Blog is an informal collection of articles written by ICAL staff on all aspects of TEFL/TESOL in the widest possible sense. It includes news and comment as well as posts about grammar and language. We welcome posts by guest bloggers; if you would like the opportunity to post here, please see here.
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Living in Italy had been my dream for years, but I never wanted to go down the usual trodden paths – Tuscany, Umbria, Rome, Naples. Instead I really wanted to experience the Italian lifestyle far from the madding (and maddening!) crowd, and in less glamorous areas. So after finishing my TEFL Certificate course I jumped at the opportunity a small English school gave me in Gorizia, North East Italy.
Basically put, an appalling number of students are dropping out. MOOCs are being abandoned in droves. But why is this happening and how can it be reversed?
English First (EF) have just released their EPI or English Proficiency Index. Essentially it is an analysis of English language ability in countries around the world. But how truthful is it? After just a quick look there are some real concerns that what they've done is incredibly unreliable.
The basic rules of human motivation tell us that everything we do is in the pursuit of something enjoyable or the avoidance of something unpleasant and children attending ESL classes are certainly no exception to this rule...
Making instructions clear saves time and helps insure the success of your activities and ultimately of your lesson. However teachers often pay little attention to thoughtful planning. Ron Bradley, one of ICAL tutors, tells us how scaffolding is essential when giving effective instructions.