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Teacher Training

Leah Simon

July 27, 2017

Learning a language can feel like a daunting task and a seemingly impossible achievement. Teaching a language, however, can seem even more intimidating. Most teachers will know that fluency in a language, while definitely important, is not enough to be an effective teacher. So what stands out most about our most memorable teachers who helped us learn a language without resigning to hopelessness? Here are our top 10 characteristics that make the perfect language teacher!

Sue Brett

May 16, 2017

Teaching English can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, and if you are looking for purpose in your life, then this is a way to really give back and make a difference.

Read on for an amazing insight into the world of English teaching, as Mr. Kai shares the challenges and joys of his 18-year journey as a teacher.


March 28, 2017

As the saying goes, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink. Same with learners. So how to whet their whistle, and make sure that your learners can't wait to dive in?

It’s important for learning and development professionals to keep learners and their desired experiences at a premium while tailoring their training.

Read on to find out how to make sure you are offering tasty morsels that will satisfy a learner’s cravings.

Sue Brett

March 1, 2017

Getting close to a Deaf person requires a little vulnerability on both sides. Many Deaf people are just as insecure about not being understood as you are, but most are patient and incredibly skilled at getting their point across to you.

Think about how would you feel if you were living in a foreign land where the language, customs and culture weren’t native to you? Deaf people often feel this way when surrounded by hearing people. Read on for Dos and Don'ts of the Deaf etiquette, thanks to ASL author and teacher, Colette Abi Rached

Sue Brett

February 25, 2017

People are different. Therefore, they will behave differently in your classroom. Managing those differences and keeping all students focused at the exact time that you need them to focus is one of the challenges teachers face daily.

For language teachers, now throw in the extra interest that comes from teaching to a multi-lingual group, where each native language brings a different set of learning challenges. It's what makes our job interesting yet tricky!

Guest blogger and experienced English instructor, Nola Adams, has some great ideas for handling classroom behavior.

Sue Brett

December 17, 2016

TESOL is the acronym for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and ESL is English as a Second Language. However, it's not just about cool acronyms. Teaching English can be one of the most rewarding things you ever do, and if you are looking for purpose in your life, then this is a way to really give back and make a difference.

Having spent some years in and out of the classroom teaching English to non-native speakers, and training TESOL teachers, my own experience has been very humbling.

I started with voluntary work and then made it part of my career journey. From supporting people with the emigration process, or getting that first job in a new country, to enabling them to help their own children in English speaking curriculum schools, or teaching them to speak their partner's language and connect with their culture and heart, teaching English has been a privilege and I am still in touch with many of my students.

Considering a TESOL qualification? Now for the science part:


December 15, 2016

Studies suggest that the English language is one of the happiest languages in the world and is spoken by more than 1/4th of the global population. But, did you know that the second most spoken language in the world (inclusive of native and foreign speakers) is majorly dominated by words derived from the French and Latin language? Well, it is!

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