Posts tagged with: the language coach

High Tech vs Low Tech

Between the whiteboard and me there is a secret…we have an ongoing relationship… My last post was about the iPad. God I love that device. It has changed my life...

What’s a native English speaker

I think the whole ‘Native English’ concept affects a lot of TEFL teachers who are not ‘native’ by the standards expected by some students and are ruled out even if...

The Gatekeepers

I was recently hired to evaluate a group of students at a university. The students needed to obtain a B1 placement score on the Common European Framework of Reference for...

I love Bogotá

Fellow blogger Aiysha recently asked a question about which countries are the most interesting to visit. I want to narrow the search and focus on cities. Now, I have lived...

The Gatekeepers 2

Some months ago I wrote about teachers being gate keepers to people who need to pass an English requirement in order to enter a university, get a degree, or be...

Rosetta Stone as a learning tool

I’ve been learning Portuguese for the past three years and have been using Rosetta Stone for the last two. I decided to enroll in the interactive language learning program, the...

Content and Methodology

Most prospective students inquire about class content and methodology, and while I understand their concerns, I’m not always keen to reveal this. The reason is not selfishness nor cockiness, quite...

Teachers’ Day

Last Friday, May 15, Colombia had its Teachers’ Day celebration. The date for teacher’s day varies from country to country, although there is an official World Teachers’ Day celebrated on...

Is learning a language like war?

Is learning a language like war where anything and everything is valid to get your goals? In fact, it’s probably more like a street fight a la ‘Bridget Jones’. (Do...

One-To-One Teachers as shrinks/psychiatrists

For a lot of corporate or one-to-one language teachers there is a particular situation which has been the subject of conversation in many informal meetings or happy hours: The teacher...