Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Benefiting from Local Experience

As a new teacher in an overseas school, here are some things you need to find out:
-      What classes will you be teaching?
-      What is the level of comprehension of the students?
-      What textbooks will you be using?
-      Is there a Teacher’s Book with the text?
-      What support equipment does the school have? CD/DVD Player? TV? LCD projector and large screen? Computer access? Internet access?
-      Additional resources?
-      Will the school pay for some additional material if needed? They may not but it’s worth asking when you get there.

Also, see if you can get a copy of last year’s lesson plan.

Speak with another English teacher if there is one. 
Where can you find additional, local resources? Book store that carry English books?
Is there a local English newspaper?
How about a special newspaper for students? Some cities have them. Bangkok has at least two plus two English newspapers!

This will give you a lot of information. You may not use it all right away but it will be helpful once you have had a chance to get to know the classes and figure out what else you could use to teach.

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