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Teaching English in the Philippines

English Language in high demand

The Philippines, one of the most populated countries in Southeast Asia, is a tropical country with over 7,000 islands. The weather here is wonderful especially in the summer as you can visit world-class beaches in Boracay and Palawan.

Teaching English here is popular as there are plenty of English language skills in need of teachers. A growing trend here is online English schools catering to Korean and Chinese students.

There are also English language schools catering to adults looking to work in call centers and BPOs. These companies require high English proficiency.

So if you are looking to teach adults, you can apply to these English language schools that cater to these service industries.

The country is also brimming with tutorial centers that cater to after school enrichment services for students. These students are looking to boost their grades so that they can run for honors or improve their scores to pass.

The pay is not that high, but you can do longer hours to earn more. There are also opportunities to work on the weekends to enhance your income further. Online English language schools also offer the opportunity to work in the late night or early morning to international students if you are the night owl type.

Students

Based on my experience in teaching Filipino students, they are respectful, and they totally love to learn! They listen intently and will soak in everything the teacher teaches. It will be easy to warm up to them and establish a good learning environment. The class size will be manageable in most cases as sometimes the tutorial is one on one or in small group sessions like five to six students.

If you choose to supplement your income through online English teaching, you will be able to interact with Chinese, Korean or Japanese students looking to boost their language skills. Asians are serious in learning and learning a bit of their language will help build rapport with them. The preparation for these lessons will also be lesser as it is mostly conversational.

Teaching Strategies

If you are teaching kids in small groups or one-on-one, you should use tools like flashcards, charts and other visual devices that can make them active learners. Children love games so tap into that instinct and turn activities into games where they earn points and rewards. In small groups, you can divide the group into teams to make the lesson more interactive.

Online teaching is a bit more complicated so harnessing online tools and apps can make the learning session more fun and exciting. You can enhance writing activities with them using Google docs. You can also create online quizzes for them using tools like Kahoot and Nearpod. There are also apps where you can create flashcards for them to learn vocabulary words. Since most of the learning will be driven by conversations, you have to act animated and pronounce the words clearly so that they can boost their fluency in the language. You can also read aloud stories to them so that they can hear the words and expand their understanding.

Teaching adults will be more formal so you can practice scenario conversation, e.g. interview, or business meeting. You should also help polish their presentation skills so that they can perform well in front of an audience.

Final Thoughts

Being an English teacher is a wonderful profession. You open up a new world to your students as they are now able to navigate the internet and access the English resources as well as get to know more people since English is the standard medium of language for most countries.

Always seek to improve yourself and brush up always on grammar and spelling. Read plenty so that you get to develop your writing skills as well.

The Importance of Technology to Teaching and Learning

Technology is a significant part of our lives. It affects our day-to-day routines like buying groceries, doing some shopping, communicating and socializing with colleagues and friends. With its increasing demands in our lives, it is no wonder that using technology in teaching has also become a fad.

The effective use of technology in teaching has re-defined education. Technology has created many learning opportunities for both teachers and students. Teachers are learning how to integrate technology in teaching, whereas students are more engaged and interested in the lessons every time iPads, Chromebook, or any educational gadgets are to be used. Now, why is there such a hype in using technology in the classroom? Here are some reasons on why educational technology is necessary:

Technology liberates education boundaries.

Because of using technology in the classroom, teachers have evolved to being the sole authority of knowledge to being facilitators of learning in the classroom. Educators and students work collaboratively so that the learning experience will be more meaningful for all.

Technology has also helped distant education. Students can participate in classroom activities and submit requirements for the course with just a laptop and the Internet.

Technology simplifies access to educational resources.

Materials have been made more accessible to students since teachers can just upload the materials for their subjects online and let students download them as needed. More than that, the world web is a vast database of materials which students and teachers can use to supplement their learning.

Technology sparks students’ interest in learning.

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Using technology in the classroom also adds students’ participation and excitement to the lesson. Students now are so adept at using different gadgets like smartphones, iPads, and others. If these technologies are used during lessons, students are likely to be more engaged because they are using their much-loved gadgets to facilitate their learning.

Technology also helps students be independent and responsible.

They can take ownership and be in charge of their learning. Moreover, students are also able to think more critically because of the extensive information available online.

The various educational software or apps have been designed to make learning easy and fun to the students. Through these apps and online resources, students can learn subjects that are difficult to them independently. Since students learn at their pace, understanding these concepts are made easier to them. They are free from the pressures and prejudices of others if they do not learn as fast as others do.

Technology supports differentiated instruction.

Teachers can use technology to cater to the different learning styles of their students. They can use assessment software to track students’ performance quickly. In doing so, designing an activity for each learning style is possible because teachers are aware of their students’ strengths and weaknesses. Also, there are so many available online sources that the teachers can choose from in designing their class activities. When students are taught according to their level, teachers can make sure that the learning objectives they set are being met.

Technology enhances students’ creativity and innovation.

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Through the various activities designed by the teachers to integrate technology in their teaching, students become more innovative and creative so that they can always do the tasks given to them well. Through independent research and manipulation of the different applications designed for learning, students can exercise their creativity and innovativeness.

So if you are still hesitating in taking a step a forward and use technology in your teaching, you better wait no more. When we incorporate technology in our classroom, we not only motivate our students to be more participative during lessons and independent in their learning, we are also preparing them to the outside world where knowledge in technology has become more of necessity rather than a passing leisure.

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TFT will also host its first ever Professional Development Workshop for teachers.  As we will be opening a tutorial center, it will be held there. The name of the tutorial center is Bruner Learning Hub located in Maly, San Mateo.

If you’re interested, please fill in your details in this Google form. We will email you the payment details and how to reserve your slot. Only 12 slots for this seminar-workshop! Register and book your slot today!

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