A NNEST is a non-native English-speaking teacher as opposed to a NEST, native English-speaking teacher. Currently, about 1.5 billion people in the world speak English and of those, less than 400 million use it as their first language (L1) according to the World Economic Forum. Chances are most teachers of English as a Second Language … Continue reading Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?
My students using fortune-teller origami to generate discussions. Notice how much space there is in the room to allow for movement. In a recent blog titled “Teaching (VERY) Young Learners”, we promised a list of activities you can use not only with young learners, but also young adults and even adults. Without further ado, check … Continue reading Activities for Young Learners and Young Adults
Learner agency is not a new topic in education but it is, perhaps, the one we should be talking about the most. In general terms, agency is action that arises from deliberation and choice, or, in other words, the power to act.
Are young learners difficult to teach or is this a myth begging to be busted? A part of me wants to say it’s an exaggeration, but having taught young learners for a while, I’m inclined to say it’s not terribly difficult, but you “must know” what keeps them excited. The young learners I’m referring to … Continue reading Teaching (VERY) Young Learners
Many of you out there might be getting ready to take an English Proficiency Exam. There are several reasons you might need to do it: professional advancement, further / international education, immigration. The fact of the matter is that most of us do not take tests for fun, so it is safe to say that … Continue reading Three steps to conquer CELPIP
While many students ask this, what they fail to understand is that learning a language does not mean only learning how to speak that language. Of course, it depends on your goal as a language learner; what are you hoping to achieve? If fluency is the focal point, then you should definitely focus on the … Continue reading Practicing Speaking English
Years ago, in an educational conference, we were posed one question: what kind of teacher are you? Before you rush to answer “a good one” - which is exactly what I felt tempted to say at that time - you might want to take some time to think about it. One famous teaching style is … Continue reading What kind of teacher are you?
Hi there! If you are new to Vertices Language Coaching, welcome! Our goal is to enable learners of English to truly develop and meet their goals at their own pace, based on their own needs. No learner is like another, so the support Vertices can give you is tailored exclusively to meet your needs. That … Continue reading English Conversation Circle
Does your spine freeze at the mention of a class observation? Do you dread the moment a supervisor knocks on your door? You should know that you are not alone. Also, you should know that there is nothing to fear. First of all, any experienced teacher trainer knows to factor in the stress and anxiety … Continue reading Class observation: what is in sight?
One of the questions I get a lot as an ESL teacher is: what do you find to be the most challenging aspect of teaching? Such a naive question, right? I was on maternity leave for over a year (we’re blessed here in Canada) and decided to come back to teaching with a new approach. … Continue reading One Strategy to Boost Motivation