Blog Category: The ICAL TEFL Blog

Tips for Teaching Academic Writing to Non-Native Students

For years, foreign students have been coming to the United States to earn valuable degrees that can translate into a great job in their home country.  However, these students often experience difficulties adapting to the culture and struggle enormously learning even...

read more

6 Tips to Make your ESL Classes More Effective

Teaching is undeniably a challenging job, in fact many consider it one of the most difficult careers you could choose. Nevertheless, being a teacher is an enriching experience. Through quality education and effective teaching methodologies, teachers play a crucial...

read more

How To Use Competition to Motivate Your TEFL Students

Today we have a guest contribution from Victoria Hughes. Victoria has been a TEFL teacher for 5 years and has lived in Poland, China and Turkey. She writes about job hunting, lesson planning and the joys and frustrations of teaching.  Enter Victoria I was watching the...

read more

Keep the Classroom English

I've just been reading a very interesting article about language interference. It recounts the story of a Chinese student in the US who, during a fluent English presentation, happened to glance over to her Chinese professor and accidentally used a simple Mandarin word...

read more

Make or Do a Presentation?

I was asked this question the other day by a learner of English; quite simply, do we MAKE or DO a presentation? If you go online there are different stories, but as usual I went along to Google n-grams and checked out what they had to say. It's interesting. Prior to...

read more

The ICAL TEFL Grammar Guide

The ICAL TEFL Grammar Guide is a huge selection of articles which are all about English Grammar. They have been especially written for TEFL teachers and students and are presented in a user-friendly format. The main areas are: Language Functions Parts Of Speech...

read more

5 steps to teaching English abroad

Going on an adventure teaching abroad takes some planning. If you plan properly and go through the 5 steps listed below your time overseas is likely to go more smoothly and you’ll be able to make more of the opportunities that come your way. Welcome to guest blogger...

read more

A First Time English Teacher in Italy

Welcome to Ally - a former ICAL student - writing this guest post. Ally began her  TEFL life after a career in banking; here she talks about her first experience teaching English which happened in a small town in northern Italy. Living in Italy had been my dream for...

read more

TEFL & Grammar Glossary

Here is a glossary of common TEFL and English Grammar terms you will find on this site. Just hover your mouse over the word and you will see the explanation. Often you'll find a link to a full page about the subject. [kttg_glossary]

read more

Top 3 Tips to Make the Most of your Online TEFL Course

We get thousands of students each year taking our online TEFL course and a lot of new trainees joining us don't quite know what to expect so here are 3 simple tips to help you make the most of your training. 1. Use your Personal Tutor! Our tutors are experienced,...

read more

How Many is a Billion?

Simple question: How many is a Billion? Awkward Answer: It's not always what you think it is. First, if you are American, then a billion is one-thousand-million: 1,000,000,000 This is known as a short-scale billion. However, many British people regard a billion as...

read more

English the Most Influential Language

A new study has mapped the global influence of different languages and as a surprise to absolutely no one, English comes out as the most important and influential language. Russia, somewhat more surprisingly, comes in second with other languages following up well...

read more

Where have You Taught English?

Anyone who has taught English abroad knows that TEFL is a fantastic way to travel and experience life in different countries. I started teaching three weeks after I graduated from university. I got on a plane and headed off to Spain and the start of an incredible...

read more

Making Questions with Do/Does/Did

This is all about Making Questions with DO or DOES or DID: Do you like coffee?Does he speak Italian?Did she just ignore me? Basics A standard English statement follows this pattern: {subject} + {verb}... You + enjoy + swimming.Joe + lives + in New York.Amanda + worked...

read more

IATQuO

The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations or IATQuO is an accreditation organization for TEFL certificates and similar courses. Currently IATQuO accredit 6 schools and have done for the past few years. Note that IATQuO does not accredit online...

read more

Famous TEFL Teachers

Ever think that TEFL doesn't lead anywhere? If you have ever wondered what happens to all the TEFL teachers who close their grammar books for the final time and lock the classroom door behind them, then here's a selection of former TEFL teachers who have made their...

read more

IATEFL & the Accreditation Scam

We had an enquirer write to us the other day asking about our accreditation and IATFEL. He could not decide which TEFL course to take: ours or another one. And one of the factors which worried him was that the other TEFL course was "accredited" by IATEFL. Now you'll...

read more

This Will Revolutionize Teaching

For years they've been telling us that new technology will revolutionize teaching. First it was film. Then radio. Then TV. Then video. Then computers. Then MOOCs... And they were wrong. Wrong every time. Wrong all the time. In this insightful video from Derek Muller...

read more

Purposely vs Purposefully

This one crops up all the time. Someone writes something like: I made that mistake purposefully.She stood there purposely and refused to let me pass. And all the grammar fiends come down on them for such basic errors. So once and for all, here's the difference between...

read more

Chinese Whispers: Offensive or Not?

We have a TEFL teaching activity on our site called Chinese Whispers or Telephone. Some say it's a demeaning and offensive title, if not outright racist. Others say it's fine and that it's ridiculous to question it. So opinion is divided which means, of course, that...

read more

Is TEFL in China really a Scam?

There's a lot of hype these days about TEFL teaching in China. This poll is to try and find out what the truth is. Some say that it's full of scams and if you go to China through an agent you are destined to be ripped off and end up being deported for the wrong visa,...

read more

Worcestershire Sauce Fail (TEFAL)

It's doing the rounds of the internet - an Italian YouTube chef shows how frustrating and impossible the English language can sometimes be. In the video quite simply he just wants to say "Worcestershire Sauce". But Pasquale Sciarappa fails and in the end he gets fed...

read more

All About Shall (vs Will)

When we talk about the future, most often we'll use words like will or be going to: They will arrive tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to see the match. However, there is an alternative: shall. These days, people often talk about shall as though it's on its way out and...

read more

More than 1 Octopus?

An octopus has 8 legs. Or arms, depending on your point of view. The name octopus comes from Ancient Greek and is made up of 2 parts: ὀκτώ = okto = 8 πούς = pous = foot/leg So octopus is originally Greek. Remember that, it has implications later in this article! Now...

read more

On Foot vs By Foot

Oh language! Do we want to go down the route of there being no rules, just a few nebulous suggestions which change over time? Are we like the freethinking parents at sports day who declare that every child wins because they are all special? Or are we on the side of...

read more

TEFL to Blind & Visually Impaired Students

This article looks at a few ideas you should bear in mind if you have blind or visually impaired students in your TEFL class. Over the years we at ICAL TEFL have had a number of blind and visually impaired teacher trainees taking our course and we have worked with...

read more

ICAL TEFL Course 150hr with Practicum – Syllabus

This page has the full syllabus for the ICAL TEFL Course 150hr with Practicum (Teaching Practice), [inc_tefltpcert_paybox] [inc_tefltpcert_paypal] Course Syllabus Module 1 In this first module, we introduce the subject of English Language Teaching. The module begins...

read more

American TEFL Teachers & Tax

For many Americans teaching abroad, the first year away can be both exciting and challenging. Hopefully, however, filing your US tax return will not be one of the challenges! The following FAQ addresses some basic tax-related questions for American teachers. (Note,...

read more

Tougher Laws for TEFL Teachers in China

From October 31st, 2014 new regulations come into force in China which will affect all TEFL teachers. Notably teachers will now need a TEFL certificate to prove they have qualifications to teach English. In future, all English teachers will need: a bachelor's degree a...

read more

Undercover TV Reports on English Teachers in China

Chinese Central Television CCTV, went undercover to report on how English schools in the country often employ under-qualified teachers without the official paperwork. This video report from CCTV shows what happened and promises further official crackdowns on illegal...

read more