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Get TEFL Certified in Paris with iTTi Interview with Dan Brechbiel Hello, my name is Dan. I discovered iTTi when I was 53 years old, and purely by chance. I was ready and looking for a new direction in life. I knew that I wanted to be in Paris, France, and I knew I wanted to teach. What I didn’t know was how to make these seemingly different things happen together. One day, I googled “ESL Paris,” never expecting to get any further in my search. The first listing that popped up was for iTTi, an international organization with training schools around the globe. Around the globe? (I clicked on France) Schools in Brittany and in Paris. Without giving it a second thought, I applied and paid a deposit. Did that just happen? Was it that easy? It did, and it was. I soon received a detailed email from iTTi…

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TEFL Course in Amman

Jordan has a unique position among the countries of the Middle East. Although it shares borders with Iraq, Syria, Israel, and Palestine, Jordan has never been involved in any conflict and has gained the reputation as a peace-loving country, popular with foreign teachers from across the globe due to its high earning potential, superior living standard, well-developed healthcare system, and natural beauty. If you are in Vietnam, you can get a business visa at the airport and theoretically work the next day. Things are not so simple in Jordan. According to local laws, employers cannot hire international workers without getting approval from the ministry of labor beforehand. Before moving to Jordan it is imperative that you have a proper job offer in hand, where the employer is willing and able to sponsor your work visa. Since the country aims to produce a bilingual society in the foreseeable future, there is…

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Preparing for the iTTi Teacher Trainer Certification Test. Passing it the first time around. THE NATURE AND VALUE OF WORLD ENGLISHES, DIALECT, AND VARIATION The term, WORLD ENGLISH, became popular in the 1960s and has increasingly become a way to refer to English, which dominates many aspects of the political and economic progress of the world. The term World Englishes describes American English, British English, Indian English, South African English, and, according to many, the English used by other people to communicate in world trade, travel, and politics. This makes it difficult for teachers to decide which English to teach. Estimates suggest that non-native English speakers outnumber native speakers. The question “Whose English are we talking about?” becomes a very important topic in the ESOL classroom. The Indian linguist Braj Kachru describes the English-speaking world as you can see it in below picture While the Inner Circle comprises traditional English-speaking…

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TEFL Course in Baku

Country manager of iTTi in Azerbaijan “ Baku, Azerbaijan Afar Ibrahimov I started teaching and realized that this something I want in my life because the class is one of the places where I feel most at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeG9Ha9Awkg&feature=youtu.be interview Why have you chosen this career? One of the most common reasons to become a teacher is to make a difference in the lives of as many students as you can.  I worked in different fields, but I was not satisfied with my life because I did not like the work I did.  I became a teacher because I loved the profession of teaching. A teacher is an educator. You learn a lot by teaching. The love of teaching inspired me to choose this profession. I started teaching and realized that this is something I want in my life because the class is one of the places where I feel…

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When students join our TEFL course in Paris , they explore Paris in greater detail. After all, it is the most visited city in the world, and it is lovely in so many ways that time goes by rather quickly during the three months the tourist visa allows you. Most of the TEFL trainees stay in Paris because they believe it is too expensive to visit other French cities/regions. Here is a very inexpensive travel solution to explore: the world bus. Few people know about it. The world bus is a night bus. So, if you want to travel France on a shoestring budget, the budget night bus is your friend. Sure, travelling the road for 10 hours straight is hardly the most comfortable experience, but how else can you expect to travel across the entire country for under €15, especially on a weekend or public holiday? And it’s not…

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Travel from the US to France The USA is currently on France’s orange list. It means there is a difference between vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Vaccinated travelers can travel to France for any reason and do not need a Covid test. Vaccination can be proved at the border with a CDC vaccination certificate. They have to present a declaration stating that they do not have Covid symptoms and have not been in contact with any Covid patients. Unvaccinated travelers can only travel if they meet the criteria for “essential travel.” This includes French citizens and residents returning home, students beginning academic studies in France, and essential work trips, but does not include tourism, family visits, or visits to second homes. Unvaccinated travelers who qualify under the essential reasons rules must present the following documents at the border: a negative Covid test less than 72 hours old as well as the…

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The Problem With Education Is Faster Horses

Adam Matuszewski Founder of Your Agora, educator, writer Education needs to make a big leap forward. Our current methods are not up to the challenge. There is an apocryphal quote attributed to Henry Ford that goes, “If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have told me a faster horse.”1 It’s the kind of thing “disruptors” like to say as it reinforces their sense of being visionaries able to see what their critics can’t. So how is one to tell what is truly innovative thinking? A good starting point is to consider how well the current solutions and paradigms are working. What will be argued here is that education is now at a point where improvements within the existing framework are seeing diminishing returns. Education needs to leap forward, and our current horses are not up to the challenge. As industrial nations move into post-industrial economies, educational…

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Who Should Become an Online English Teacher? With so many career options in today’s fast-paced, tech-mad world, here is why you should join the realm of obtaining a TESOL certification and becoming an online English teaching for a fulfilling career. Why Choose to do a TESOL Course? Taking our TESOL course [https://www.ittisouthafrica.com/course-information] is beneficial to anyone, of any age, in any career, as there is a way to adapt the course to fit what you want to do. Besides gaining employment by teaching English in a classroom abroad or online, even someone working in IT, for example, can benefit from TESOL to upgrade their role and pay. It may also open up opportunities in that career. If their company has internationals coming to work with them, said TESOL-certified person could train them in business English to help them adapt to the new English working office environment. Why Become an Online…

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Undoubtedly, lesson planning can sometimes be challenging because nowadays there are too many beneficial resources in which you may get lost. Moreover, at English classes students do not want to follow the instructions described in books. Internet generation demands diversity of various activities. What are we supposed to do with it? Here is the answer to this question! We are presenting top-5 greatest web services which you can utilize in your classroom. You may know some of them, and if you do use them, that is awesome! https://storybird.com/ This website is incredibly useful for learners of all ages. Do you know why? Because everyone loves telling stories and listening to them as well. On “Storybird” you can create a teacher’s profile and control your students’ progress. There are plenty of opportunities to make the learners engaged! https://www.lingq.com/en/LingQ is beneficial for teenagers and adults. There you can find diverse courses of…

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Regardless of your age, you can always work on your pronunciation.  Our mini session of today is to help non-native speakers improve their competence in pronunciation by focussing on one sound (actually two)–the TH.  This sound is unique to English; therefore, the English student will always try to replace this sound by either T or S. Some students may object by saying that they are too old to change for the better.  We have living proof that one of our TEFL trainees from the U.K. was able to teach a Russian lady beyond 50 how to form this sound properly within a week of daily practice.  If she could do it, you can do it. INTRODUCTION Please watch this video and see for yourself what can happen if your pronunciation is incorrect. Maybe you are thinking about your pronunciation of the TH right now.  Don’t worry.  If you stay with…

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