Definitive Article

Interaction Patterns and Seating Arrangements

How should you sit and pair or group learners for the best learning results? How can you change up the classroom to keep the learners engaged and on task? How does the classroom management change with different activity types? These questions are essential for creating a student-centered learning environment. This post is best viewed while listening…
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THE Podcast is new and improved!

The Definitive Article Podcast with Jimmy & Dave is back and better than ever! We are aiming to bring our tools and advice to every ESL teacher. Both Dave and I (Jimmy) have a couple decades of experience with young learners and academic management, so that is where our focus will remain. The same great content will…
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22 Qualities of Great Teachers

The struggle to be a great teacher is constant. Anyone that says they are the best teacher has flaming trousers. We need to study continually, cramming in more activities and strategies to our repertoire. Refining our favourite activity to encompass more – or different – cognitive skills. How do we get better as teachers? By focusing on…
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Things I learned after meeting our global president.

All the schools were in action this past week preparing for a very special man, Jacob Toren, our EF kids and teens global president was coming to visit. He was visiting our schools in Chengdu and all the higher ups were on edge and dashing around all the centres making sure everything was above par.…
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Clocking In for Season 3

The EFers podcast is back! After a little hiatus we are on track for a great season 3 of the EFers podcast. A massive thank you goes out to all of our listeners and especially for the inquiries about more episodes. We continue on our goal to give you quality academic ESL content that will help you…
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EFers Podcast – Christmas!

In this very special Christmas episode we talk with Celesté and Nikka about experiencing Christmas in China.

Tips to help you keep calm in the class room.

If you teach small stars or high flyers sometimes the kids can be loud or hyper. It can be like this at the start of the class or after a game you played. It can be one kid or the whole class. Sometimes you want to shout at them but you know you can’t. You…
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Interview with Jacob Toren the Global President of Kids and Teens at the EF Conference in Bali.

This week we’re at the EF National Conference in Bali interviewing Jacob Toren the Global President of Kids and Teens. We ask him; How are you enjoying the conference? What does the EF Spirit mean to you? What advice would you give to someone trying to climb the EF ladder? Where does EF Kids and…
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Living miles away from everything you know!

So you’ve moved to Chengdu, you’ve started a new job, you’ve met great people and you’re having a ball. But all of a sudden things aren’t as rosy as they once were. You realise that you’re thousands of miles away from everything and everyone you know and love. How do you cope? You might be…
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Experience of a not so experienced teacher…

As a teacher you are also forever a learner. A small bit of what I have learned thus far.