This blog will discuss topics that can be easily turned into a project that will help students adapt to their new life in Canada. Some topics may not be appropriate depending on the subject matter or the culture/personal experiences of the students. A few of these topics include politics, religion, or music (yes, this may be an issue). Topics that are related to Canadian culture, government, community, and every day activities are usually acceptable. These topics can be molded into a framework that will make for an encompassing learning experience focusing on the four necessary skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
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The activities we, in Canada, take for granted may be mystifying for newcomers. Concepts such as shopping (ei: buying and selling) are global but the cultural interactions and language nuances are different all over the world. Learning English is hard enough for newcomers, but when you add in the variations and subtleties within the language plus the difficulty of adapting to a new culture and home, a new level of confusion sets in! One way to create an excellent language base and exhibit real life skills is to create an environment that replicates a specific experience. This can be achieved through creative, task-based projects.
About the author: Marie Frankovitch is currently teaching English in the LINC program in Edmonton and she teaches the 20-hour TEFL course offered by TEFL Workshops in Edmonton. Marie completed the 250-hour TESOL Diploma with Practicum offered by OnTESOL. She will be writing a blog series on how to use Project Based Learning to teach English to adult newcomers to Canada with the LINC program.
Teaching English immersion courses in Canada provides a great opportunity to learn how to teach English to people from all over the world. Most of my students are from South Korea, Japan, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Turkey, or Saudi Arabia, so there is a wide spectrum of accents to work with during a pronunciation class. This challenge presented a great opportunity for me to search deeper into TESOL methodology. Here are 6 tips on how to teach English pronunciation in a multilingual class.
-About the Author: Clare completed our 140-hour TESOL Certificate Course with Practicum–
There is no doubt that teaching English can be a challenging job. However, with the right tools and techniques, you can manage your classroom effectively and with ease. In this article I’m going to talk about three ways the 120-hour TESOL certificate course offered by OnTESOL prepared me really well for teaching English in Toronto.
I took the 120-hour advanced TESOL course in need of a career change. I didn’t expect to do that well on the grammar and methodology modules. Yet, to excel on an assignment is one thing, teaching English in context is very much another. As a new teacher I am starting from scratch and a classroom is a new and foreign place. In taking the practicum, what once seemed like new and foreign territory, became a thrilling place to stand up, discover skills I never knew I had and to empower others on their learning journey.
The first day jitters were very real. I was mostly nervous about my ability to teach and explain grammar, as many new teachers are. I’m not going to sugarcoat it, the practicum requires lengthy and in depth preparation, but this is what will make you a better teacher! I was also fearful because I had no idea what kind of support I would receive from my supervising teacher or from the school. My fears were dispelled as the practicum became an opportunity to receive a tremendous amount of guidance and support from real and experienced teachers who wanted to help me to do my best!
After many years traveling and teaching abroad, I decided to transition into a more settled life to teach English in my home town of Toronto, Ontario. When I lived abroad, I absolutely loved traveling from one country to the next every nine months. The benefits were abundant! I lived with the locals, I learned two languages and explored as many sites and as many mountaintops as I could! This being said, there came a point when being the foreigner began to lose its charm. Home was calling my name and I began to develop a deep curiosity and yearning for my own culture and to explore my own backyard. The first things I noticed were how sleeping in my own bed never felt so good and all the places there are to experience here in Ontario that I had never noticed before. Most importantly, the most amazing thing about teaching English in Toronto is that it offers you a little bit of everything, helping you to realize that you have everything you enjoyed abroad, right in your own backyard! Below is a list of experiences to appreciate about teaching English in Toronto:
-Clare completed the 120-hour Advanced TESOL Certificate with Practicum, recognized by TESL Canada.
I teach English in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and my job is to assist students in preparing for the IELTS exam. There are books that focus on the types of tasks performed on the IELTS test, but I often found it difficult to choose textbook materials at the right level. In nearly all cases, the vocabulary […]
By setting standards for teacher training certification, TESL Canada plays a very important role in building a reputable industry that attracts more than a hundred thousand of ESL students every year from all around the world. This is evident by the rising number of boutique ESL schools in Canada. In this blog I will write more about the differences between teaching English abroad and teaching English in Canada and how TESL Canada plays a big role in the evolution of the Canadian ESL industry.
As a Canadian, teaching English in my hometown Toronto has allowed me to develop my skills as a teacher, earn a good wage and meet students from all over the world, while remaining in close proximity to my family and friends. Canada offers many opportunities in English language teaching, whether it be in private language schools, government funded settlement programs, or at the College or University levels.