Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaching for VIPKID

Online teaching is becoming a great way for English teachers all over the world to supplement their income and create their own schedules for online teaching. If you are interested in making some extra money, I highly recommend checking out VIPKID. The pay is great and they offer you a lot of control over your own hours. VIPKID especially shines if you are working overseas where getting paid well in USD goes a long way.
Want to get started? Check them out here and enroll. They are pretty selective with who they hire, but if you can land a job with them, you will be pretty much set regardless of where you find yourself in the world.

Friday, October 14, 2016

"The Best Hotel" Free ESL Lexis Lesson for A2 (Pre-Intermediate)

Here's a fun lexis lesson for lower level students. The vocabulary around the lesson deals with hotels. At the end of the lesson, students will create their own type of hotel (in groups) and try to determine which pair/group has the best hotel in the class.
Introduction: about 2 minutes
Start the class by role-playing checking into a hotel. Play both the guest and the front desk. Elicit from the students what you're doing.
Lead in: 5-7 min
Demo out these questions and put students in pairs/groups to answer them.
1. Do you like to travel? Where are some interesting places you have been to?
2. Where do you like to stay when you travel?
3. What’s the best/worst place you have ever stayed at?
Target Language: under 10 minutesElicit, CCQ and board these words.
a hotel, a bed and breakfast, a resort, a hostel, a guest, a maximum capacity, to be located, a location, a single/double/suite/dormitory, facilities, a quality, staff/the staff, various potential lexis related to facilities as needed.
Study 1:5-10 minutes

Put students in pairs and have them pick a word from the target language and describe it. The other student has to guess which word it is. Have them go back and forth until all of the words are completed.
Study 2: 15 minutes
Materials: flip-chart, drawing of hotel, paper for students.
Have a pre-made flip chart or board these questions.
1. Do you have a hotel, hostel, bed and breakfast, or resort? What’s the name
2. Where are you located/What’s the location?
3. What’s your maximum capacity?
4. How many staff work there?
5. What are your guests like?
6. What kinds of rooms do you have? Describe what they look like and how much they cost.
7. What facilities does your /resort/bed and breakfast/hostel have?
8. What are three qualities that make your /resort/bed and breakfast/hostel special?
Demo this out yourself. Show the students the picture of your /resort/bed and breakfast/hostel and have them ask you the questions first. Once you go through the questions with them, put them in groups and have them create their own travel accommodation. Make sure to monitor their progress and help them with the language as needed.
Activation: 10 minutes
Hotel Conference 
Once the students have completed their hotels, you can move to the the activation.
Set the scene and tell students that they are at a hotel conference. They have to speak to the other groups and find out as much as they can about the other hotels. They are then supposed to grade the different hotels on overall quality. The class decides which hotel is the best deal for the money.
For this, it’s a good idea to demo out exactly what you want them to do. Use your own hotel as an example. After about 10 minutes of the groups learning about the different hotels, the class can decide which one is the best.
Board mistakes as you hear them. Try to get about 7 mistakes on the board. Have the class correct the mistakes. End the lesson with a joke.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Prague Public Transit Do's and Don'ts

Check out the short video by Language House graduate, Chris. Chris goes over some helpful tips on how to use Prague's public transportation.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Life in Prague Series: Getting an Apartment in Prague

As mentioned earlier, we are creating a bunch of short, fun videos related to life in Prague. Here's a video we just shot an edited for getting an apartment in the city.
During the course at The Language House TEFL, the majority of our students stay in our school housing. By the end of the course, students interested in staying in Prague have to find their own place. Here's a video that gives some tips and trips to finding an apartment and showcases what  a typical teacher apartments looks like.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Life in Prague Video Series: Hiking in Prague

The Language House TEFL is making a series of really cool and informative videos related to living in Prague with the help of our graduates. These videos will all be about living abroad and offer useful tips about living in the city. Some of these videos will be educational, others will just be about fun/interesting things going on in the city. Check out our first video 'Hiking in Prague'.