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Feb
04
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Skype, Facetime, Notes- common Smartphone apps give you lots of useful options for teaching real-life language skills in the 1:1 classroom.

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Feb
02
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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 resources with ready-made worksheets to be printed off, but how about using something that is far more personalised for the student?

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Jan
20
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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.

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Jan
13
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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.

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Jan
06
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The New Year and resolutions are an ideal time to teach future tenses to our homestay students.

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Dec
18
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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.

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Nov
17
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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 common courtesy and an ice-breaker, although it’s importance as just that shouldn't be underestimated. Making a student feel welcome in your home shouldn't start when they walk into your hallway. It should have happened already – via email.

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Nov
05
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We've looked at some of the advantages of working as a homestay teacher- now for an honest appraisal of some of the challenges.

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Oct
27
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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 teaching could be the thing for you.

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Oct
06
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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 will soon be here again.

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