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    New Teacher Tips

    If you think ESL teaching isn’t important – read on!

    If you think ESL teaching isn’t important – read on!

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you may think that teaching ESL is just another job, but if you read on you’ll find that the right to an ESL education is something that shouldn’t always be taken for granted.

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    Classroom layout for ESL teachers

    Classroom layout for ESL teachers

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher you probably pay little or no attention to your classroom layout. You tacitly accept that the arrangement of the classroom furniture is as it should be – traditional rows. Unfortunately, ‘traditional rows’ is not always the best type of classroom layout.

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    Basic statistics for ESL teachers

    Basic statistics for ESL teachers

    The trainee or novice ESL teacher will probably be more than a little surprised to discover that a basic knowledge of statistics is a desirable asset for TEFL; indeed, nowadays, this does not apply just to TEFL but to almost any discipline which the trainee or novice ESL teacher may choose to consider.

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    Language learning myths/misconceptions for ESL teachers

    Language learning myths/misconceptions for ESL teachers

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher you will no doubt have some cherished beliefs and ideas on how children learn a second language (L2). This article looks briefly and simplistically at five myths/misconceptions (which could also be some of your cherished beliefs and ideas) about how children learn an L2.

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    Acronyms & initialisms for ESL teachers

    Acronyms & initialisms for ESL teachers

    This short article is aimed at defining and explaining important acronyms and initialisms that the trainee or novice teacher will be required to know.

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    Stress and the ESL teacher

    Stress and the ESL teacher

    Stress is something that is experienced in all professions, and ESL teaching is no exception. Being a trainee or novice ESL teacher may be quite a stressful experience, but with time stress will lessen as you become more experienced and accustomed to ESL teaching.

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    Ten things an ESL teacher should try to avoid doing

    Ten things an ESL teacher should try to avoid doing

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will soon learn that in teaching there are certain required standards of professionalism which have to be maintained.

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    Tips for chaperoning ESL students

    Tips for chaperoning ESL students

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, sooner or later, you will find yourself having to chaperone a school trip. Here are some useful tips to help you with chaperoning students.

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    How to understanding Z-scores

    How to understanding Z-scores

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you will eventually have to develop a basic understanding of statistics for the purpose of analysing your students’ examination/test results. One very important aspect of statistics that you should become familiar with is Z-scores.

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    ESL exam invigilation

    ESL exam invigilation

    As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you could very early on find yourself invigilating an ESL examination. Here’s some information about what is involved in exam invigilation. Once the venue has been decided by your director of studies, your duties will normally be as follows:

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