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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Links to classroom management videos

Top 10 Proven Classroom Management Tips for Teachers from YouTube - Just a suggestion to help you figure out techniques that work for you:

New Teacher Survival Guide: Classroom Management  - More ideas to help you figure out your own techniques: 

Resources for skits and theatre in the classroom

Award-winning children’s author Aaron Shepard invites you to visit his home page, a Web site viewed by over five million visitors and drawing as many as 25,000 visitors a week. There you’ll find loads of free resources for teachers, librarians, storytellers, children’s writers, parents, and kids. You’ll also find info on Aaron, his books, and his author visits. Go to
Among the resources you’ll find are many stories by Aaron from his picture books and from top children’s magazines—plus others not yet in print. Also featured are several special collections:
  • Aaron’s RT Page. Resources for reader’s theater, including the acclaimed multicultural script series Reader’s Theater Editions.
  • Aaron’s Storytelling Page. Resources for storytellers.
  • Aaron’s Kidwriting Page. Resources for children’s writers.
Special indexes and a search box let you look for materials by title, genre, age, theme, country or region, historical period, ethnic group, religion, mythology, holiday, activity, or other criteria. You can also sign up for email announcements of Web site additions and new books.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Contract with school search company

TEFL Teach Thailand

This agreement “the agreement” made as of __________________ (date) is entered into by
_______________ (applicant name) hereinafter known as the Applicant ______________________
(passport number) and ESLSTARTER LIMITED, a company registered in England and Wales, registration
number 6639481, located at Gilbert Wakefield House, 67 Bewsey Street, Warrington, WA2 7JQ, UK.

ESLstarter Ltd. is responsible for arranging a 5 month teaching placement for the applicant in Thailand
upon the terms agreed herein.


“ESLstarter” means ESLstarter Recruitment Agency Limited

“The Applicant” shall mean ___________________________ (applicant name)
Passport number: _____________________

“The Employer” meaning the organization which employs the Applicant through the ESLstarter
TEFL Teach Thailand program

1. ESLstarter Terms of Service
1.1 ESLstarter will arrange a 5 month teaching placement in Thailand for the Applicant.

1.2 ESLstarter will guide the Applicant through the visa process and will oversee that the correct visa
documentation is provided for submission to the relevant Thai Embassy / Consulate.

1.3 ESLstarter will provide the Applicant with an airport pick up from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi
International Airport to the orientation venue upon the Applicant’s arrival in Thailand.

1.4 ESLstarter will provide accommodation for the Applicant for the duration of the orientation.

1.5 ESLstarter will arrange initial meeting between the Applicant and Employer upon the Applicant’s
arrival in Thailand.

1.6 ESLstarter shall provide the Applicant with a SIM card which the Applicant can use in Thailand.

1.7 ESLstarter will give the Applicant a free Lonely Planet guidebook to Thailand before arrival.

1.8 At the request of the Applicant, ESLstarter will endeavor to assist with any employment related
questions and negotiations once the Applicant arrives in Thailand.

2. Consent & Undertaking Agreement
2.1 I understand that the objective of the teaching placement is to promote cultural and educational
exchange between native English speaking and Thai communities.

2.2 I understand that my placement duties include providing English language training to the
students of my assigned school and also to help develop these students’ interest in the English

2.3 I understand that placements in a specific location cannot be guaranteed and that I may be
placed in a rural location.

2.4 I understand that I may have approximately one week between the orientation and starting my
work placement and therefore need to budget accordingly.

2.5 I understand that Thailand is a developing country and infrastructure is not always as advanced
as in the West.

2.6 I understand that the stipulated monthly salary will be paid to me by the Employer and not

2.7 If I decide not to go ahead with the placement, I promise to give ESLstarter at least 30 days
notice so that a replacement internee can be found.

3. Fees and refund policy

3.2 The initial deposit of GBP300 is only refundable within 7 days of payment being made and is non
refundable thereafter.

3.3 Upon receipt of the deposit, ESLstarter will confirm the Applicant’s place on the 5 month
teaching placement.

3.4 The remaining GBP 115 is to be paid before September 1st, 2013.

3.5 The Applicant is entitled to a full refund of the second payment within 7 days of the second
payment being made in the event that they decide to cancel the application.

3.0 Non-Liability for ESLstarter

3.1 ESLstarter precludes itself from any liability for the following:

3.1.1 the Applicant not being granted a non immigrant B visa for Thailand due to Criminal Record or
any other reason deemed by the Thai Embassy/Consulate.

3.1.2 the Employer not fulfilling all of its obligation in terms of the Employers Contract of
Employment with the Applicant.

3.1.3 any injury, damage or loss to the Applicant or goods that belong to the Applicant.

4.0 General
4.1 ESLstarter agrees to give regular updates to the Applicant concerning the progress of application.

4.2 The Applicant agrees that they have the requisite nationality (UK, USA, SA, AUS, NZ, CAN, IRE) and
qualification (Bachelor’s degree) to work in Thailand as an English teacher.

4.4 Both parties enter into this agreement in good faith.

This agreement constitutes the exclusive agreement between the two parties and no representations or
additional terms and conditions not specifically recorded herein shall be of effect to this agreement.

Signed,                                                                    Signed,
___________________                                         ______________________
ESLstarter                                                               The Applicant

___________________, On this date                     ______________________, On this date

Student Lesson Plan - Future Continuous and Future Perfect

Future Continuous and Future Perfect Lesson Plan

Class: Advanced; Ages 18-20
Time: 60 min

Objective: After this lesson, students will be able to understand the difference between future continuous and future perfect tenses; and pertinent grammar rules, spelling, and pronunciation.

Materials: Chalk, lined paper.

Set-Up: Rows facing the board.

Warm-Up: (5 min) Review the other tenses with a few examples focusing more on the already learned future perfect tense. (15 min) Discuss the use and meaning of the future continuous, providing many examples, and asking the students to fill in the blanks as you write example sentences on the board.

Activity: (20 min) Students write 10 future continuous sentences watching grammar and spelling. (10 min) The students then hand in their work to the front where it is randomly handed out for peer editing.

Follow-Up: (10 min) After the work is peer edited and returned, students rewrite corrected sentences (if they agree with the corrections). Next ask volunteers to write their sentences on the board and read them aloud. Students give feedback with minimal teacher guidance

Evaluation: For homework, the students write a 3-paragraph essay on what they want to do after they graduate from high school. Essays will be handed in and graded the next day.

Student Lesson Plan - Simple Past Tense

Simple Past Tense Lesson Plan

Intermediate; Ages 12-14
Time: 45 min

-After this lesson, students will have a basic understanding of the simple past, including proper conjugation, spelling, and pronunciation.

-Worksheets, prepared overhead sheet

-The classroom will be set up in rows of partners, facing the front board, leaving plenty of room for the teacher to walk around the classroom and provide help when needed.

-(5 min) Quickly review the rules of the simple present as a class on the chalkboard.

-(10 min) As a class, on the chalkboard, present the students with the grammar rules of the simple past. Project a worksheet of simple past sentences with verbs missing.  Ask the students to fill in the blanks aloud until the class seems to have a good grasp of the concept.

-(10 min) With their partner, have students discuss what they did during the last summer vacation. The teacher walks around the class making sure students are using the past tense correctly.

-(15 min) Students work on their worksheet independently, filling in the blanks with verbs in the correct tense.  The worksheet should include verbs in both the simple past and the simple present.

-(5 min) With their partner, compare worksheets to make sure they have the right answers. Go over any troubling sentences as a class.

-For homework have each student write one paragraph about an event that took place in the past (birthday, holiday, weekend, etc.)
-The next day, students peer edit each other’s paragraphs.  Students then rewrite their paragraphs, read them to the class, and hand them in for evaluation..

Sample Worksheet
1.            Alexa (go) ________________ to the pet shop to buy a dog.
2.                Freesha (stop) _____________the ball from falling on to the floor.
3.            Lesa (is) ________ at school, until she (notice) ______________ it (is) _______ 7pm.
4.            Teddy (be) ________ driving home when I saw him.
5.            Mack, Jenny, and Javier (be)________ walking their dog when I talked to them last Saturday.
6.            Who (be) ________ sleeping in my bed? It (be, not) _________ James. It (be, not) _________ Julio. Oh, I know! It (be) ________ Roger!
7.            When he was a kid, Ivan (do, not) _________ talk very much. He (do, not) _____________ spend time with his friends. He (spend) _______________ a lot of time alone. He (be) ________ always reading books or listening to music in his room.
8.            The party (be) ________ fun last weekend.
9.            Ernesto (call) ______________ everyday. He (love) _____________ to hear my voice.
10.          The movie (be) ________ really boring. It (be, not) ____  ____ entertaining. We (stop)_____________ watching it before it was over
11.          Peter (swim)_____________ every Tuesday before school.
12.          The zebra (run) ___________ away from the lion, but it could not (run) _________forever.

Simple past tense grammar rules can be found at:
Grammar worksheets can be found at:

Student Lesson Plan - Basic Vocabulary Building - Farm Animals

Lesson Plan

Class: Beginner
Time: 30 mins

Objective: After this lesson students will be able to identify the basic animals on a farm.

Materials:Animal figurines, worksheets, chalk

Set up: Semi circle, table at the front of the class with names of animals above

Warm up: 10 mins
1)      Sing old McDonald
2)      While singing use props of animal figures (or pictures) so the kids can visualize the animals.

Activity: 10 mins
1)      The teacher will hide various barn yard animals throughout the room before class starts
2)      The children will be asked to find the animals and place the animals with the animal names at the front of the class
3)      Once all the animals have been found the teacher and students will determine if the animals were placed with their proper name

Follow Up: 10 mins
            1) The students will be given a worksheet with animal names and pictures and will be asked to match the name to the picture

Evaluation:The students will hand in their matching worksheet at the end of class to be evaluated.

                 - a great website with a lot of resources

Use this website to access resources, share ideas, learn about Canadian Language Benchmarks, and so much more!

Here is a video of how to use Tutela:

And here is the website:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Excellent CV outline from

This excellent CV builder is from:   

                                                                                                                                 PHOTO HERE

You need to attach a professional photo to the top right hand corner of your CV. E.g shown. Erase anything highlighted yellow. They are instructions and hints. Do not use abbreviations – spell it out and define your terms the first time you use them.
Curriculum Vitae

Your Name Here
Your address, phone numbers, personal email address   

Skills (Use this section to list your skills and abilities like Special Needs experience, any IT skills, Sporty abilities, languages spoken, special training, specialty subjects, and/or other attributes like enthusiastic, calm, academic, etc.) Things you want to draw attention to!

·        Skill 1
·        Skill 2
·        Skill 3

Education (List the most recent first and unless you are a Teaching Assistant, don’t list primary/secondary school. Only College/Uni. If you got honours or awards, list them. Use example below as guide but obviously delete my example. Remember to consistently list your dates in order “from”-“to”. ) If you are a US/Canadian teacher list your certification here

From    To                    Degree, Institution, Main subjects

9/86 – 6/99                  Masters in Education, University of Manchester. Thesis “The Role of Parental Involvement in Speech Development”
9/82 – 6/86                  Bachelor of Education, Oxford University. Specialization in Early Years and Special Educational Needs (SEN) Hons (2.1)

Courses and Training  (Use this section to list any further relevant training or courses you have taken that are not a part of your degree work.)
·        Course 1 Description
·        Course 2 Description

Teaching Experience (list the most recent first. List it in the order: Title (i.e. Design and Technology teacher, or if you are doing day to day supply just call it Supply Teacher),Curriculum taught, School and location, then the duties you had and subjects you taught. Remember to list any extra responsibilities. Keep each job description to no more than 6-8 lines unless you had many special responsibilities. Remember the dates are (mm/ yy – mm/ yy). Don’t switch the order halfway through – a common mistake. Gaps in any post qualification work history need to be explained and we do not accept CVs with only years listed, we require mm/yy. Finally, explain any acronyms you use – they vary worldwide.
1/00 -Present              Supply Teacher. NSW Australian Curriculum. Select Education.  Day to day cover for primary and secondary schools. Longer term assignments included 4 weeks in Year 3 at Smith School, an academically rigorous independent school, and 4 weeks in Year 6 at Jones School, a challenging school in Special Measures. Worked with SEN students with BEH (Behavioural)  and SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties).

9/99-12/99                   KS1 Teacher UK and IB PYP Curriculum. John Smith Primary School, London. Taught Year 2 class for a maternity leave cover in a challenging inner-city primary school.  Handled planning, Standardised Test preparation, parent-teacher visits. Organized and coached the Korfball team.

Other Work Experience If you are an experienced teacher, don’t list menial jobs you did pre-qualification as they will not be considered relevant. Some countries eg. the Middle East are particularly averse to teachers who have done lots of bar work. Do include experience working with children, teaching, or any work in a school setting – these  are definitely relevant.

7/81-8/82                     Camp Counsellor, Kings College Summer Camp. Worked for 2 summers at Kings College, a camp for disadvantaged children. Responsible for a group of 9 children aged 5 to 15 with various behavioural and emotional difficulties
Marital Status/Dependents:  
Any other relevant information

List 2 professional references. Usually they will be your manager – Head of Department, Deputy Head, Head Teacher, Principal etc.  Include name, title, address, school phone, school email and if possible, school fax. We do not accept personal contact details for referees as they cannot be verified.
 Make sure you ask your referees beforehand!
We will not contact your referees without asking you first.


Oxford Seminars Packing List & Links


The following is from the Oxford Seminars website

An excellent packing list & links to lesson plans, 

resources, culture shock and more (See below)

Preparing to Teach English Abroad: 

Tips on What to Pack

Packing your suitcase can be a daunting task when there are so many things you need to remember 
to bring with you on your travels abroad. Review the list below to ensure you have thought of everything 
you need to pack prior to your departure.

In the US, we enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. Do not expect it to follow you!  
Pack enough so that you are comfortable, but not so much that you are limited by your luggage.


Documents (passport, visa, birth and marriage certificates) and copies of each document
Airline tickets and photocopies of your airline tickets and itinerary (with phone numbers,
if possible). Keep these separate from the original documents.  Copies of your ticket
provide proof that you indeed purchased the ticket; if you lose the original ticket, having
a copy will help speed up the reimbursement process.
Extra passport photos
Health insurance and emergency contact information
Criminal check, if completed
International driver’s license, if obtained
Prescription medication
Traveler’s checks, credit cards, ATM cards
Copies of traveler's checks, credit cards, ATM cards, etc.
Copies of your credentials
Proof of vaccinations
Spare glasses and a lens prescription 
Portable smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

General Living Items

Appropriate clothing for the classroom
Clothing suitable for the climate and traveling the country (remember, you may travel to nearby countries as well)
Wallet and money belt
Personal items, such as a mini photo album of your loved ones
The contact information for your family, friends, accountant, lawyer, etc.
Some favorite luxuries (to spoil yourself), such as music, ipod or mp3 player, books, etc.
Camera, charger, and extra batteries
Writing journal
American souvenirs for gifts
Hygiene products such as deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, brush, comb, cosmetics, and toiletries, as they may not be available in your destination country
An electrical adapter, as you may need to use your portable appliances before discovering where to purchase one
Specialty food items, such as tea, snacks, etc.
Sentimental items, such as pictures and knick-knacks; this will help ease the Culture Shock and the transition of moving to another country
Luggage tags
Guide Book and maps of your destination country
Phrase book

Items to Take for the Classroom

A few educational games (Scrabble®, children’s word association games)
An English dictionary
A concise grammar text
Writing paper, pens, etc. (just in case some of these items are not readily available)
Glossy catalogues and magazines with lots of pictures
Additional teacher resource books and English game booklets
American souvenirs for students
ESL teaching resources, such as lesson activitieslesson plansclassroom and teacher resourcestheory and research, and additional resources


Materials and Packing for overseas

Materials page - to buy or have materials overseas

What to pack page - very good and well thought out - specifically for Korea, but is useful for other countries too!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Grammar pages

Use English, practice grammar, and bring rice to the needy at:

Great English website - practice at 3 levels of difficulty, quizzes, crossword puzzles and more at: