Archive for June, 2010
Whats the best learn to speak Japanese language software besides Rosetta Stone?
Cant afford Rosetta Stone. Whats the next best one?
6 Confusing Things about TEFL
When you’re new to the TEFL world or even to the teaching world, everything can seem a little confusing and overwhelming. To help clear things up we’ve cleared up the topics that confuse people most!
1) Why all the acronyms?
There are lots of acronyms to describe teaching English abroad – TEFL, TESOL and TEFL. While we don’t know why there are so many, we can clear up what they stand for!
TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language
TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language
There are all refer to the exact same thing… teaching English. But different acronyms are used in different places. For example, in the UK TEFL is used and in the US and Australia TESOL is used.
2) What can you do with a TEFL certificate?
You can teach English pretty much anywhere in the world!! There is a demand for English teachers anywhere in the world, where English isn’t the native language. With a TEFL certificate the world is your oyster!
3) Can you get your TEFL certificate and find TEFL jobs without a degree?
Anyone can get their TEFL certification, degree or no. As for jobs, you can get one without a degree, but it’s easier with one, and some countries require it. Some countries such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan all require a degree in order to obtain a visa. Don’t worry though, there are loads of countries you can teach in without needing a degree, such as China, Ecuador and the Czech Republic.
4) Should I take the online or combined TEFL course? The 60 hour course? 100 hour course?
That all depends on you. What do you have time for? How flexible is your schedule? How much do you want to learn to prepare yourself to teach abroad? Remember, the more hours you complete, the more prepared you’ll be to teach, and the more employable you’ll be.
5) Who should TEFL? Is it for anyone and everyone?
TEFL is for many, but not everyone. If you’re considering teaching, you’ll need to:
- enjoy travel
- like children (if you want to teach children, not so crucial if you want to teach teens or adults)
- be able to exercise patience
- like to help others
And most importantly, the most essential quality of any budding TEFLer – an open mind. The good news is that you don’t need to speak another language or have any teaching experience.
What do you think the most confusing thing about TEFL is?
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An Italian Language Diploma? AIL offers Courses for getting Italian Diplomas certifying your skills
The AIL (Accademia Italiana di Lingua) is a non-profit association of schools and educators that was founded in 1984 to foster a program of certification in the Italian language. The certifications offered correspond to and reflect all the levels of communication recognized by the European Portfolio (ELP).
Scuola Leonardo da Vinci, with centres in Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena, is a founding member of the AIL and offers preparatory courses for the official examinations of Italian as a foreign language. Students may take the preparation courses and exams in any of the four centres as well as in certain authorized schools in Italy and abroad.
Courses last four weeks and take place the month before the exam sessions in March, June, September and December.
The Italian language certifications are indicated for a variety of personal or professional reasons. Appropriate candidates would include those who travel and wish to spend a holiday in Italy, those who would like to study or work in Italy, or simply those who would like to deepen their appreciation for the Italian culture.
The intensive exam-preparatory courses are divided into different ability levels and include drills and exam simulations with test sheets.
The certifications offered for each required level of the European Portfolio A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 are: the DELI A2 exam, the DILI B1 exam, the DILI B2 exam, the DALI C1 exam, and the DALI C2 exam.
There are also two specific commercial Italian language exams at the Intermediate (B1) and Advanced (C1) levels.
All exams involve listening and reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and written and oral expression.
Further information about the Italian language diplomas offered by AIL are available on the school’s website.
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The Italian language school Leonardo da Vinci offers Italian language courses for foreigners. City Centers in Italy: Florence, Rome, Milan and Siena.
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Fascinating London Movie Locations To Visit
If film-making interests you, next time you are in the UK make a point to see some historic London movie locations. Take a tour and visit more than 35 famous sets in and around this pulsating city. Travelling by bus is the ideal way to see the British capital while expert guides tell you about behind-the-scenes gossip.
The tour is fun for all ages, and you don’t need to be a film buff to appreciate it. See many of the historic buildings that the best film-makers in the world love to work. These include St Paul’s Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, and Tower Bridge. The guides are local actors and their knowledge is excellent.
Film sets are found in popular areas like Westminster, Southwark, Smithfield, Aldwych, Holborn and, of course, the capital itself. There are several stop-offs during the tour so you can take pictures, stretch your legs, and inspect the sites closely while the guides give you fascinating facts.
You will see film sets where many blockbusters were made. These include Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Who, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Bridget Jones’s Diary, 28 Days Later, Atonement, Bourne Ultimatum, About a Boy, The Dark Knight, Pirates of the Caribbean 4, and Love Actually, to name just a few. DVD clips are shown from film scenes at the actual locations to make the trip even more interesting.
The bus tour ends on the South Bank near the ‘The Eye’ which has become a popular location for film-makers. Some tour operators offer a 25 percent discount on the entrance fee to the London Film Museum. It is the only film museum in the whole of Great Britain and was founded in 2008 by Jonathan Sands who created the renowned Star Wars Exhibition.
Learn about the intriguing career and life of Charlie Chaplin who grew up in the slums of London and went on to win international fame with his characterization of The Tramp. So evoking is his rise from rags to riches that he became a Knight of the British Empire. Chaplin’s story is superbly depicted at the museum in six key phases. These are: A London Boyhood, A Child of the Theatre, America and the Movies, The Tramp, Citizen of the World, and The Happy Exile.
You can also enter the world of James Bond and other secret agents during a special James Bond tour. See London movie locations associated with the creator of 007, author Ian Fleming, and walk in the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery. There are a total of 12 spy film sites to be seen. In addition to Bond, they include films that starred Austin Powers, Harry Palmer, and Johnny English.
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