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26

Aug

Teacher Tuesday: Biography cubes

This week’s Teacher Tuesday ESL lesson idea: Biography cubes - a creative take on talking about other people

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Biography cubes lesson idea

Completed biography cubes.

An excellent activity for any classes studying within the topic Talking about other people which seems to crop up in any TEFL textbook I have had thrust on me.  I have used this lesson multiple times with various classes and it has always been really successful.

Students choose their favourite celebrity and complete a worksheet with five basic sections;

What is his/her…

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24

Aug

TEFL FAQs: Getting a working visa for Thailand (Part 1)

With the recent clampdown I have been asked lots of questions about the visa process. Here is part 1 of my visa experience:

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What kind of visa do I need to work in Thailand?  How do I get a working visa before I leave my country?  Can I arrive on a tourist visa and change to a working visa?  These are some of the questions that I am asked time and time again.  I am no visa expert but I am able to tell you how I got my visa.  I have had to split this into two parts as I have now had two very different visa experiences.

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18

Aug

Teacher Tuesday: first lesson introductions

Teacher Tuesday is back after a summer break. It’s back to school for us, check out some fin activities for the first lessons with your new classes.

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Teacher Tuesday returns after taking a six week summer break.  So it’s back to school for me and back to sharing some teacher tidbits each Tuesday.

As a student I always got excited when that back to schoolfeeling started to creep up and I’m still the same now.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my six week break but six weeks is a long time to have no structure or daily routine.  I’m definitely…

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15

Aug

Mixed up Mixtape: back to school

It’s that time of year again… bring on the back to school blues in this week’s Mixed up Mixtape

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It’s that time of year again.  Summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to go back to school.  As a teacher, I get to relive those back to school feelings every year.  Be it excitement to see friends again, anxiety of upcoming tests, the pure agony of those early, early mornings or sadnessat the end of another summer; these are some of the tracks that will be helping me ease myself back into…

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12

Aug

Mixed Up Mixtape: 5 Songs About Homesickness

Mixed Up Mixtape: 5 Songs About Homesickness

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Today’s Mixed up Mixtape contribution comes from la France – merci! A very chilled mix of songs that make this blogger feel at home :)

Originally posted on The Mindful Expat:

I’m not actually feeling particularly homesick (yet…), but fellow expat blogger Kylie (ofCornish Kylie) invited me to submit a post to her weeklyMixed Up Mixtapefeature, and I loved the idea!

I’ve always…

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Teacher Tuesday: ReBeats NEW online learning resource

A special review for this week’s Teacher Tuesday: ReBeats NEW online learning resource @weareT10 #ReBeats

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ReBeats is an online game that aims to improve English language learning through listening to music.  Using a simple fill in the gaps format, users watch a music video and select the correct word from two options to complete the lyrics of the song.

Scores are awarded for choosing correctly, speed and streaks of correct answers.  Users can then enter a leader board or send a challenge to a…

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10

Aug

Mixed Up Mixtape: Five Songs That Remind Me Of Home

A certain Rambling Northerner put a mixtape together for this week’s Mixed up Mixtapes: homesickess. Check out the soundtrack to his life!

Mixed Up Mixtape: Five Songs That Remind Me Of Home

A certain Rambling Northerner put a mixtape together for this week’s Mixed up Mixtapes: homesickess. Check out the soundtrack to his life!

07

Aug

Photo of the day: Cat.

Those of you who have been following the blog from the beginning will remember when I stumbled across a starving kitten under the stairs at school; the rest is history, and Cat is all grown up and doing just fine :) ^..^<

Photo of the day: Cat.

Those of you who have been following the blog from the beginning will remember when I stumbled across a starving kitten under the stairs at school; the rest is history, and Cat is all grown up and doing just fine :) ^..^<

03

Aug

Mixtape: road tripping

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New feature alert!  I’m trying my hand at another new feature – this one is a keeper, trust me.

MIXTAPE time!

We all know the value of music – it has the power to heal, to bring back memories, to transport us to that special happy place that we all need to go to sometimes… each week I will be sharing part of the soundtrack to my life, and I invite you to join me in creating a special mixtape…

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02

Aug

The Harold Diaries: journey to the deep south

Read about my recent road trip in my trusty steed - The Harold Diaries: journey to the deep south

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For those of you who don’t know who Harold is, he is my trusty steed, the green beast, AKA probably the cheapest car in Thailand owned by a farang.

The beast himself.

The beast himself.

Harold has been serving me well during the school holidays, allowing me the freedom I so wanted but couldn’t have due to my inability to balance/turn corners/generally ride a motorbike.  He had been doing so well in fact, that T and…

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