5 reasons why Spanish are (or could be) good at learning English – according to an English teacher

As ’tis the season to be jolly‘, I’d like to begin this post on a positive note: Actually, Spanish are or should be good at learning English for the following reasons: Firstly, many words in English and Spanish share etymological roots. In other words, there are masses of Spanish and English cognates (maybe 40%). Spaniards ...

5 reasons why Spanish are bad at learning English (according to some Spanish friends) 7

There I was, having a copa (Rum and Coke) on Sunday evening with some Spanish friends and a chap from Chile. There were a couple of smokers in the group so we huddled around a table with a heater when one of them asked me how to say ‘Bufanda‘ in English. Before I could respond, ...

What to ask at a TEFL interview

What to ask at a TEFL interview
You sit back, take a deep breath and relax. The person sitting opposite you has asked all of their questions and you have acquitted yourself pretty well. Your interview for a TEFL job has been a success. Your interviewer thinks you are motivated, enthusiastic, creative, professional, responsible, dedicated. You give yourself a mental pat on ...

There’s Juan in every class

Although this is not the most politically correct clip you’ll ever watch, you will encounter students like Juan. Ask yourself these questions: What’s the best way to react? What do you think of the teacher’s reaction? How would you react? How did Juan feel? How did the other students feel?

5 best books for TEFL teachers 2

5 best books for TEFL teachers
A former trainee asked me which TEFL books she should buy to improve her teaching. Naturally, I admonished her for not having bought my best-selling e-book A Short Guide to TEFL (shameless plug) but she promised me that she would and I dutifully went home and inspected my bookcase. Over the years, I’ve amassed about ...