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Critical Thinking in the Classroom

What is Critical Thinking? The ability to think critically calls for a higher-order thinking than simply the ability to recall information. Definitions of critical thinking, its elements, and its associated activities fill the educational literature of the past forty years. Critical thinking has been described as an ability to question; to acknowledge and test previously held assumptions; to recognize ambiguity; to examine, interpret, evaluate, reason, and reflect; to make informed judgments and decisions; and to clarify, articulate, and justify positions (Hullfish...

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Zoom courses

  WCL’s Zoom course is the online virtual’ extension to our award-winning In-Class Course as it contains the same three course components of study. And it runs on the same schedule. Your ‘classmates’ will be either in the physical classroom with the teacher or, like yourself, joining the course online from some area of the world. You will interact with your trainer—and your fellow classmates wherever they are. All you need to complete this course and gain this certification is an...

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Level 5 TEFL courses

Westminster College London offers face to face Ofqual Regulated TEFL courses every month in Istanbul Turkey and Tashkent Uzbekistan. These courses are of high quality as they are accredited by the British government and monitored and certificated by the Awarding Body, Focus Awards. Learners will be able to apply for teaching jobs worldwide and get their work permit in the country they wish to teach. Level 5 TEFL certificate can be apostilled by the FCO and legalised by the Embassy of...

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What 3 things can leaders do to earn the respect of their teams

Being the leader does not mean that you have earned respect, leaders need to earn respect by demonstrating that they value employees and prioritise their growth. First, if you as leaders want your direct reports to respect you, it is important that you first show them the respect they need. Secondly, when employees come to you, you should give them your undivided attention and really listen to what they have to say. Last but not least, employees want to feel...

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TESOL Teaching Jobs During Pandemic

English has long been one of the languages to know within international business circles. Today, it is also prominently positioned within scientific, diplomatic, and financial circles, with many organizations around the world maintaining publications and day-to-day operations in English. Teachers who specialize in ESL (English as a second language) and TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) fill the vital role of instructing students of all age in the many nuances of the English language. Some teachers work...

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Students’ Motivation

Paata Charashvili - Director of British World / TEFL & TESOL Certified Teacher During my teaching experience with a variety of age groups in Georgia and abroad , I found out that the most important factor in teaching is students’ motivation. I think every teacher is responsible for a student’s motivation. How can teacher achieve a good result in teaching? This is the most important to organize learner-centre classes and see yourself as a teacher from each student’s perspective. There is...

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Innovative Teaching Strategies that Improve Student Engagement

"In education, student engagement refers to the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education". When students are engaged with the lesson being taught, they learn more and retain more. Students who are engaged in the work tend to persist more and find joy in completing the work. You may ask the question, "What types...

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What is Phenomenon based learning?

“Phenomenon based learning emphasises community spirit, cooperation skills, the application of data, and creative and critical thinking. It will help us get to the heart of the new kind of learning.” Liisa Pohjolainen, Executive Director of Education, City of Helsinki   Phenomenon-based learning (PhenoBL) has attracted growing attention since Finland’s National Core Curriculum for Basic Education mandated its use in Finnish schools (Finnish National Board of Education, 2016). Finland’s curriculum endorses PhenoBL as a progressive approach to curriculum and pedagogy suitable for 21st Century...

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Tips for Becoming an Online ESL Teacher

Teaching English via the Internet could be your ticket to making your own schedule, being your own boss and  discovering cultures on an endless journey to learn and educate. There are tons of reasons why you’ll probably adore teaching online, and landing an online gig doesn’t have to be hard. More and more, schools are offering blended language and remote teaching options. There are lots of benefits of teaching English online. Firstly, it’s sustainable, saving on transport, travel costs and...

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Legalise TEFL Certificates

When you’re offered a job teaching English abroad, you may be asked to legalise your TEFL certificate. “Legalisation” is a way of proving to foreign governments and employers that your official documents are genuine. Whilst it does take a bit of time, effort and money, legalisation is actually a fairly straightforward process. If you’d like to follow this process yourself, use our step-by-step guide to help you legalise your TEFL certificate. However, we always recommend Westminster Legal Services Ltd, a company...

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