Teaching English in Canada: Cultural Considerations – Part 1

Teaching English in Canada - Cultural tipsTeaching English in Canada can be significantly different from teaching in other countries, particularly those which are non-Anglophone. If you land a TESOL job in a private language school, it is likely that the majority of your students will be visitors to the country, studying full-time for a period of 1-12 months.

The majority of ESL students will be learning English primarily for the purposes of work or study and are studying at great personal and financial expense, so stakes and expectations are high. At the same time, these students are also generally open to new experiences in a culture different from their own, so learning to strike a balance between rigorous study and fun is a necessary skill. What can new teachers do to take advantage of cultural factors and give their students an excellent experience studying English in Canada?

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