Creating a Welcoming Environment for English Learners (ELs) and Their Families. A quick checklist

Being culturally inclusive is essential for every school. Here’s a checklist to to evaluate the steps your school is taking to make ELs and their families feel welcome. Once you have assessed what you are currently doing, you can set goals for creating a more welcoming environment at your school.


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Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities

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What do you do in those last 5 minutes of class when you’ve finished everything that was planned? Or when energy levels hit a low during a lesson? Or in that lull while the next student gets ready to present, or whatever? We all know about the need to revise and recycle new vocabulary in language lessons, and in this post I want to share a few vocabulary revision activities that teachers can slot into any downtime that might occur in a lesson!

I’ve built up my repertoire of this kind of quick review activity over the years, so many are borrowed or adapted from colleagues, and others are based on popular board games. I want to give you a collection, all in one place, of collaborative and competitive activities that check students have remembered and actually understood new words (i.e. there are no rote learning activities here!) You can…

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TEFL Courses from ITTT

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I received an email from the International TEFL and TESOL Training website today and realized that I never reflected on taking a TEFL course with them. I took an 120-hour Online TEFL Certification course back in 2011. It was a very convenient course that gave me quite a lot of valuable teaching strategies. The course covered strategies on teaching grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking. One of the benefits of the course that it was mostly on my own pace.  I also had an instructor who was giving timely feedbacks to my assignments. After completing the course, I received my certificate in the mail. Overall, the TEFL course was great and provided great teaching strategies that could be applied in the classroom. It also helped me when I was taking a CELTA course in San Francisco because I had already been familiar with different teaching strategies and approaches.

Let me know if you have any questions about the course.