I have encountered a very minor, but annoying, dilemma: there really isn’t any offline material for someone pursuing a teaching career within the EFL field. More specifically, someone who has an interest in utilizing Web 2.0 capabilities within their teaching practice. I know it may seem ridiculous to desire to read a book about these two elements when I can find the material online, but I figured there might be a great book with consolidated information that I could use as constant companion in my new adventure.
I have gone to a couple of larger bookstores to attempt to find the “all encompassing” book but haven’t been successful. I realize that most EFL/ESL books center around teaching to students in which English is the primary language. I know that I could learn some important and essential tips and tricks on teaching by reading these books, but I am looking for a read that places the emphasis on being in a location where English is primarily a second language.
I did some perusing on Amazon and found, Teaching English Abroad, 7th (Teaching English Abroad) (Paperback) from 2005. (Amazon listing: http://ur.lc/14) Could be interesting, but is it the only one of it’s kind? What about a book referencing social media outlets, etc? Maybe this one instead TEFL Questions and Answers (Paperback)(http://ur.lc/17).
I have been reading How To Teach English (Book with DVD) (How S.) (Paperback): http://ur.lc/16. It has been pretty fascinating to read about aspects of teaching that I never would have considered previously. Such as a general layout of a classroom and the social impact that it can represent.
Thankfully there are lots of great online resources that have helped me formulate some good ideas not only for when I begin to teach but also for my Fulbright application.
I had spent the majority of the last few days writing by hand (almost a foreign idea to me nowadays) my proposal and personal statement. Last night around 11PM I started to type-up my rough drafts. Organization is lacking within my paper so now I need to motivate myself to complete that…
Some cool applications/sites that I have seen on the web that would be relevant for TEFL:
*Forvo – A pronunciation guide in different languages by native speakers (http://forvo.com/)
*Heads up English – a website with English lesson plans and articles (http://www.headsupenglish.com)
*Twitter – always deserves a mention. Great social networking (http://twitter.com)
Here is an interesting Turkish news story: http://ur.lc/15
Also, here is an extremely funny reward for making it through my blog from LOLCats:
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