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Re: Preparing for teaching ESL (Russia)

Posted By: nomad soul
Date: Saturday, 23 November 2013, at 7:13 p.m.

In Response To: Preparing for teaching ESL (Russia) (Samuel K)

Hello. I'm finishing up my senior year of college in May and have every intention of going to Russia in fall to teach English. I've been preparing for the Russian aspect with what will amount to two years of classes and feel confident in that area.

However, where I would love some help is if you could help me by giving me some ideas about what I should start learning now so I can be a better teacher when I get there.

Things like grammar rules? Perfective vs. Imperfective? English case system? Is spelling of tricky words important to know?

You see what I'm saying. I just would like to get a general idea of what I can start studying now so I can be a better teacher when I get there. I'll be taking a CELTA course in the summer after I graduate but I would like to start studying now to learn as much as I can.

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If you do an Internet search on 'preparing for celta', you'll find plenty of sites where similar questions have been addressed. Otherwise, know that the CELTA course you'll take in the summer will be enough to prepare you for an entry-level TEFL job.

But if you're antsy to get a taste of teaching now, consider volunteering as a teaching assistant at one of your local, non-profit refugee/ESL literacy organizations. Look for a situation where you'd be under the guidance of teachers who have relevant academic credentials plus years of classroom experience. Additionally, depending on your location, definitely think about attending IATEFL's (UK) or TESOL International's (US) annual conferences in early spring 2014. Ditto for any events happening with your local TESOL affiliate (if you're in the States).

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Preparing for teaching ESL (Russia)
Samuel K -- Friday, 22 November 2013, at 6:57 a.m.
Re: Preparing for teaching ESL (Russia)
Stephen -- Saturday, 23 November 2013, at 7:47 a.m.
Re: Preparing for teaching ESL (Russia)
nomad soul -- Saturday, 23 November 2013, at 7:13 p.m.

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