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The journey has begun…

My personal expereince of moving to China, becoming a teacher at EF and adjusting to the culture.

6 Things You Missed About Teaching Roddy’s World of Phonics

RWOP is a classic course that has always been popular among students, parents and teachers. But not everything about the course and resources are known by our academic staff. Here are 6 things you missed about teaching Roddy’s World of Phonics.

Summer Course survival guide!

Summer course: lots of kids, lots of classes and tonnes of coffee. 8 weeks of full teaching days with only 1 day off. You think it’s impossible… nah just a bit hard and funny and glorious and crazy. Your school will be filled with lots more kids from 10am and even more teaching assistants. It…
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Incidental and Implicit Language – Use in the Classroom

So I noticed a thing. Learning a language is a long hard road, and for most of us the initial challenge is opening our mouths to speak. I was learning Chinese for a long while before I had the courage to open my mouth and utter a full sentence. Previously I had been using short…
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Season 1 Finale – Teacher Fights Part 2

This is part 2 of 2 for the season 1 finale of the Efer’s podcast and we are celebrating it by having teacher fights.

Season 1 Finale – Teacher Fights Part 1

Part 1 of the EFers Season 1 finale and we are celebrating with teacher fights.

Class Management Made Easy

“Classroom management refers to the ways in which student behaviour, movement and interaction during a lesson are organized and controlled by the teacher” Richards (1990, 10) . During my career as an EFL teacher I have come across plenty of teachers who get frustrated with young children. We’ve all heard or expressed the excuses. Because…
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Quick Phonics Interactive Rush

I was teaching a SSB (5 year olds) and they can be some of the most challenging students to teach – they know how to push their boundaries. So I decided to design an activity that was complex enough, but with a simple output that the students would be engaged, not over-worked, and be able…
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Being a General Center Manager and a Production Manager at EF.

We chat to Alicia the General Centre Manager and Shannon and Production Manager at EF Chengdu.

Parent Teacher Meetings

I I had my first Parent teacher meeting (PTM) yesterday and I was scared. I was scared of telling the parents something they didn’t want to hear about their child. I have never been on the teacher side of the desk before, my experience of PTM’s were in Primary and secondary school where my mum…
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