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ESOL teacher

Part-time hours, ideally with experience of IELTS, Trinity etc. You will be required to teach teenagers from abroad on short stays with us and also adults preparing for exams such as IELTS.

As this is a teaching position, you should be confident talking in front of groups, be positive, energetic, helpful and encouraging. You should have excellent communication and organisational skills.

Spanish Language Assistant

We are expanding our team of 6 language teachers and are now looking to recruit a native or native proficient Spanish speaker to teach Spanish to adults from beginner to intermediate level.

You will be teaching adults Spanish in locations in Chester city centre including restaurants, cafes and bars, the classes are relaxed and informal with an emphasis on conversational language.

Ideally you will have some teaching experience or be working towards a teaching qualification but full training and support will be given.
As this is a teaching position, you should be confident talking in front of groups, be positive, energetic, helpful and encouraging. You should have excellent communication and organisational skills and have an advanced level of English. It is important that you are able to commit to teaching each week.

This is a part-time role.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV detailing your reasons for applying and any relevant experience to ask@thelanguageguys.com

 

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Native English is out. International English is the new global language, but can you speak it?

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You’re already a native English speaker so you have the world at the tip of your tongue, right? Wrong. If you think you can simply kick back and approach language learning as a quaint pastime you’re already miles behind the rest of the world.

Speaking English natively may present many issues for communicating with those who speak English as a second, third or fourth language. It’s all about clarity. Native English speakers may use slang, idioms and make cultural references without realising how unclear their message is. On the other hand, non-native speakers speak more purposefully and carefully. Their ability to accommodate the needs of another non-native English speaker comes from their enhanced knowledge of languages. Anglophones need to up their game to make sure they are being understood.

Native English speakers must take care to learn more about their own language. And the best way to learn about your native language is to learn another language. Because when you learn another language, particularly in the beginning, you use simple expressions without the use of flamboyant words. With basic language skills you are forced to focus on communicating your message as clearly as possible. Not only this, but you should become more aware of the power of your words.

This is critical in British English, for instance, where native speakers use certain phrases, which at face value mean something different to the more nuanced intended meaning. A common example of which is when somebody asks ‘how are you?’ and a British native speaker might reply ‘not bad’ – with the intended meaning being ‘I am well’, but often misinterpreted as a negative response. This article highlights some other common confusions particularly in relation to British English.

Whilst it is fun to point out the peculiarity of native English speakers and their sometimes bizarre modes of communication, it is important to remember that it is time to adapt. In order to be properly understood it is important to be clear, direct and sympathetic to your listener without patronising them. And this can only really be understood when you too have been in this position attempting to speak a foreign language. So don’t just ‘bear it in mind’ (see here for translation) and see how we can help you to learn another language.

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The benefits of bilingual education

Feed their brains

 

The benefits of a bilingual education can have benefits for a student’s learning capacity in other subject areas and is even thought to improve the brain’s resilience to diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

The American Psychiatric Association reports that the commendable benefits of language immersion can result in children who have an enhanced ability to process sounds and therefore pay attention in a learning situation. Other benefits include improved cognitive ability, social or emotional skills and educational advancement.

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It’s not that simple

This all sounds great, but is it really that simple? How can teachers, whose abilities and resources are already stretched, realistically put in to practice such a learning atmosphere? One answer of course, is to start small. By working within in your means, subtle changes can be made to the classroom environment to introduce a second language. One such simple method is bilingual word posters in the classroom. Additionally, students could be encouraged to greet one another in both languages, which could result in a gradual cultural change within the classroom environment.

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