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EAP Top Picks Pt 1: Study Skills

… Our top 5 picks for study skills… The sheer volume of teaching resources available on the web can be overwhelming. W…e've done some of the leg work for you and over the next few posts
The sheer volume of teaching resources available on the web can be overwhelming. We've done some of the leg work for you and now we're sharing some of our favorite online teaching resources. Our focus is English for Academic Purposes. Today- our top 5 pic… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/eap-top-picks-pt-1-study-skills/

English for Academic Purposes: a menu

English for Academic Purposes… a menu … … The following is a …menu… of elements of EAP to include in a course. Based on the individual student…s needs analysis you may wish to include some or all of the following
How can we help international students use appropriate language and study skills once they begin academic life in a UK university? We've created a menu to help you meets your student's particular study needs. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/english-for-academic-purposes-a-menu/

Your smartphone – a teaching resource in the 1:1 classroom Pt2

In Pt1… we saw how the calandar app… camera… maps… weather apps and Skype can be useful teaching and learning tools. … … Here are 4 more ideas using free
Skype, Facetime, Notes- common Smartphone apps give you lots of useful options for teaching real-life language skills in the 1:1 classroom. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/your-smartphone-a-teaching-resource-in-the-11-classroom-pt2/

Your smartphone – a teaching resource in the 1:1 classroom Pt1

This blog assumes that the majority of teachers reading it have a smartphone …if you don…t… you may want to after reading about what it can do for you….
All English language teachers know the value of using technology in our 1:1 homestay classroom – younger students expect it as the norm, teachers need it to avoid re-inventing the wheel every lesson. And we all have our favourite online teaching resou… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/your-smartphone-a-teaching-resource-in-the-11-classroom-pt1/

The Joys of Dropbox

… If you…re still printing off course documents… daily record of lessons and reports… filling them in by hand and then scanning them back onto the computer to send on to Direc
If you’re still printing off course documents, daily record of lessons and reports, filling them in by hand and then scanning them back onto the computer to send on to your homestay students, then the time has come to be introduced to Dropbox. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/the-joys-of-dropbox/

Useful expressions for first day lessons

Your homestay student has settled into their room… you…ve shown them around the house and the local area and you…ve sat down to your first meal together. Now it
Visual aids with helpful classroom language can provide a useful prompt for even more advanced level students who come to live and study in your home. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/useful-expressions-for-first-day-lessons/

Merry Homestay Christmas

… Hosting and teaching over the Christmas period is not for everyone. For many… this is a time to take a break from work and relax with close friends and family.
Welcoming a student into your home during the festive season can bring a fresh perspective to the celebrations and is an opportunity to share and reflect on what Christmas means, both within your own household, and at a wider cultural level. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/merry-homestay-christmas/

Pre-course emails – not just an ice-breaker

… Even after years of EFL teaching… first…day nerves are still there… both teacher and students alike use those initial first minutes to create first impressio
As a homestay teacher it’s vital you get as much information about your student before they actually arrive, and an email exchange provide the perfect opportunity. Sending your future student an email a couple of weeks before their arrival isn’t just comm… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/pre-course-emails-not-just-an-ice-breaker/

What it is homestay? Pt 2

… Are there any drawbacks to homestay teaching I hear you ask… Much like everything in life… of course there are. Here are some of the biggies… … You get to be your own boss which means you get to have self
We've looked at some of the advantages of working as a homestay teacher- now for an honest appraisal of some of the challenges. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/what-it-is-homestay-pt-2/

What is homestay? Pt 1

All across the UK there are teachers teaching English from the comfort of their own kitch…en table. Homestay teaching is normally 1…1 or 2…1 teaching. Students are keen to maximize their learning potential with classes ranging fr
Do you love English language teaching? Are you tired of crowd controlling unruly groups of foreign language students who are too tired and/or hungover to care about the activity you’ve spent ages planning and preparing for? Yes? Well, then, homestay… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/what-is-homestay-pt-1/

Silly season in the life of an EFL homestay teacher

Silly season in the life of an EFL homestay teacher … If you…re an EFL teacher working from home in the UK… congratulations on surviving yet another manic summer of homestay teaching
If you’re an EFL teacher working from home in the UK, congratulations on surviving yet another manic summer of homestay teaching! Here are some tips to help you plan for and survive your next homestay course, and especially the busy summer months, which w… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/silly-season-in-the-life-of-an-efl-homestay-teacher/

I really enjoyed my trip!

Soccer…mad Ramon turned 16 during his 1…1 English language course. … … Here's what he wrote about his experience… … …I stayed with a family for 6 weeks in a town called Steyning
Ramon is from Switzerland and spent over a month near Brighton on our Young Learner home tuition programme. He celebrated his 16th birthday during his stay. Read more about his time with his teacher, Pauline, and her family. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/i-really-enjoyed-my-trip/

Idioms for Business English

… Allison began teaching 10 years ago after deciding she wanted a change from her succes…sful career as a TV producer. She concentrates on one…to…one home tuition and teaches all ages and levels and often works in a team with her husban
All languages have idioms, but English seems to have a particularly large number and this can be intimidating for students. Allison, one of our Brighton-based homestay teachers, has suggests some useful links to resources for Business English students try… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/idioms-for-business-english/

"My stay could not have been better!"

… Flurina lives in Zurich and came to Brighton for a 3 week General English course. Here…'s what she wrote about her time on the South coast… …
Flurina came to Brighton for a 3 week intensive General English course in the home of her teacher. Read what she said about her experience. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/my-stay-could-not-have-been-better/

Podcasts in 1:1 English language tuition

In our recent teacher training event… we talked about different ways podcasts can be exploited in the classroom. … … There are reputable websites with ready
Our recent teacher training event focused on various uses of technology in 1:1 homestay teaching. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/podcasts-in-11-english-language-tuition/

Warmer idea of the month

Jane has been teaching students in her home for more than 15 years. She lives in Hove and… teaches all levels and all ages and is a specialist in General English
Jane has been teaching English language students in her home for more than 15 years. She lives in Hove and is a specialist in Business English, English for Teachers and Exam Preparation. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/warmer-idea-of-the-month1/

Warmer idea of the month

Terry enjoyed a very successful career as a journalist… IT Researcher and consultant before deciding to change career and concentrate his conside…rable communication skills on 1
Terry is an Acorn teacher who lives in Oxford. He enjoyed a very successful career as a journalist, IT Researcher and consultant before deciding to change career and concentrate his considerable communication skills on 1:1 English language tuition. He giv… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/warmer-idea-of-the-month/

"I had an amazing experience. This is a great way of learning English."

Thomas came to study General English for 3 weeks… 20 hours per week. He's from Switzerland and he stayed with Pauline… just outside Brighton. … Here's what he said about his 1
Thomas came to study General English for 3 weeks: "At first I was worried about not understanding everything however the lessons were so interesting and varied that the 4 hours of tuition quickly passed. We had a variety of grammar, conversation, reading … https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/i-had-an-amazing-experience.-this-is-a-great-way-of-learning-english./

New for all students: pre course diagnostic interview

We are very excited about this new service… a personalised pre…course interview with Acorn's Director of Studies… Liz Marqueiro. … … Liz has worked in English language training for more than 20 years. She spent 10 years
We are very excited about this new service: a pre-course interview with our Director of Studies, Liz. Liz speaks to each student via Skype or phone and makes a careful diagnostic assessment of their level and needs. She then liaises with their homesta… https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/new-for-all-students-pre-course-diagnostic-interview/

English for Business Communication

New for 2013… we are now offering courses in Effective Business Communication and English for Professio…nals… as well as our Business English course. These courses are highly specialised
New for 2013: Effective Business Communication and English for Professionals, including English for International Sales and Marketing, English for Human Resources, English for Accounting and English for Interviews. https://www.acornenglishhomestay.co.uk/blog/english-for-business-communication/

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