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Different Cultures United by a Common Language

Different Cultures United by a Common Language

      One aspect that makes a TEFL course really unique each month is where in the world each of our trainees comes from. Many trainees make their way here to Florence from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, and even as far as Australia,…

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What's your passion?

What's your passion?

    “What’s your passion?” This is a genuine and seriously reflective question that could be the starting point for some important decision making about the future. To such a great question, my personal response often comes out as a very impassioned,…

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What does "fluency" really mean?

  How many times have you heard someone say “I’m fluent in X language”? If you study a language you have also probably been asked if you are fluent in that language countless times. When it comes to these types of questions, people seem to equate language…

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Why you should learn the local language...

Why you should learn the local language...

          While an EFL teacher can get started without knowing the local language of the country they are teaching in, not knowing it will eventually present its limitations.  As someone who has experienced moving abroad and teaching English, I…

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6 Key Strategies for Success

6 Key Strategies for Success

    TEFL courses like the one at Via Lingua are rewarding yet challenging, and you WILL succeed if you follow a few key guidelines:   1. Know the course curriculum, daily class hours, and expectations. Legitimate, well-accredited TEFL courses are …

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Grow with Your TEFL Course

Grow with Your TEFL Course

Let your TEFL course take you out of your comfort zone, into a new field and to a new land. Let it push you to new heights and to new accomplishments. For our trainees who are just out of college, let it show you the world of opportunities there are for…

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How to Learn and Absorb Grammar

How to Learn and Absorb Grammar

How to Learn and Absorb English Grammar in your TEFL Course:   If you are anything like many of our TEFL trainees at Via Lingua you might not have studied English grammar since primary school! Most trainees on day 1 of the course tell us:    “I know…

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The 1-to-1 Project at Via Lingua

The 1-to-1 Project at Via Lingua

The One-to-One Student Project at Via Lingua   As we have discussed in previous blog posts, one-to-one/private teaching will most likely be a normal part of your teaching repertoire: it’s a great way to add variety to your teaching schedule and to maintain…

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Teach the way you want to be taught!

Teach the way you want to be taught!

Teach English the way you would want to be taught another language   Let’s start brainstorming the qualities of an effective teacher: supportive, clear, empathetic, flexible, creative, human, enthusiastic, passionate, and the list goes on. We have all…

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TEFL Teaching Resources

TEFL Teaching Resources

20 Websites for TEFL Teachers for Inspiration and Lesson Plans   Teachers are always in need of lesson materials and inspiration and we are here to help you! The Via Lingua Florence staff and some of our former trainees have compiled a list of useful…

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