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Andy's Place · 1Y ago

Developing Reading Skills

After many years training students on TOEFL and IELTS strategies, one of the most difficult skill for most of them is Reading. Not only because it is reading for purpose but also because tim...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

Institutes teaching based on

Well, it’s not my style, or at least not in this blog, to write criticism on students and/or other teachers or institutions, in the end, we are all here to either learn or teach with the bes...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

The end of the road, the beginning of life

This year I had the opportunity to have my first complete group of students finishing their General English and TOEFL Training program after three years of hard work and practice. And you k...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

How much correction is enough

When teaching more complex structures in class, such as conditionals and time clauses, creative work becomes a great tool to build students’ confidence in the language and encourage them to ...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

Exploiting students' curiosity

One of the things I regret from my CELTA training was the vision one of my tutors had about how a teacher had to interact or not interact with their students. Sadly, she stated that a teache...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

Quiet Classroom Simple Solutions

One of the things that represented a real challenge during my Celta training was technology in the classroom, not because I didn’t use it but because I relied too much on it, according to my...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

Great Teachers

Ever since I started teaching, I have been thinking of those things that make a teacher good, and the ones that give a value added and make them great. Not that I look forward to being one b...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

My First TOEFL Group

Even though I took my first steps on teaching independently with TOEFL-IELTS training, I did it with individual classes on a one-to-one basis. I had never had the chance to work with a group...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

A Balanced Lesson

Developing a balanced lesson is not always as easy as we teachers would like it to be, especially when we look forward to improve certain areas some students need to improve or simply clarif...
Andy's Place · 1Y ago

Developing Critical Thinking

Whether in a given subject classroom or in an ESL classroom, critical thinking is a powerful tool for students to start getting knowledge, developing comprehension of a subject, applying lea...