Last week my "CLIL in Practice: Focus Florence" students saw the Medici Dynasty Show, which is not to be missed! As you can see, they had a great time with the cast!
We just returned from a week long course on "Classroom Management Solutions" in Berlin, Germany in collaboration with the Europass Teacher Academy. Teachers from all over Europe: Portugal, Spain, Italy, Estonia and Croatia participated in the course. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time!
Breaking news: Sheila Corwin's oral defense was presented at California Coast University on January 4, 2017. The title of her completed dissertation is: Toward the Development of a Model Program to Promote an Engaged, Student-Centered Classroom for English Language Teachers in Italy.
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We are pleased to announce the addition of an engaging and interactive 6 day course on the teaching of content through the four basic skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). This course will be held onsite at the Europass Teacher Academy in Florence, Italy. For more info about enrollment contact: email@example.com
Here is a glimpse of the course offering:
Welcome and Introductions. Defining CBI/CLIL - Personal teaching experiences shared. Teaching Content through the four skills. Incorporating variety through pair and group work. Some good websites. Participants will learn more about pre-teaching before an activity begins and creating comprehension questions for both listening and reading activities. Group activity. Focus: Art in Florence. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.
Focus: Love in Florence. Participants will learn how to carry out effective reading and listening activities using important historical figures from pre-Renaissance Florence. An “authentic material” listening activity from the real world of native speakers will be incorporated. Sharing through writing and speaking using poetry that relates to a theme of context will also be covered. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.
Focus: Food and Fashion in Florence. How to more fully incorporate “authentic materials” or those created by native speakers of a language that relate to content. Creating both reading and listening activities by sharing and learning through the context of well-known Florentine personalities and places. Further emphasis on checking on student comprehension in our classroom and how to carry out pair and group work activities will be demonstrated. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.
Focus: Music, News, and Cinema in Florence. How to create a cloze activity using lyrics. Participants will also create a reading activity using a well-known Florentine newspaper that was written for and by native speakers of English. They will also learn how to carry out effective classroom presentations that are relevant and include all classroom learners. Using video clips that relate to classroom topics for encouraging discussion and reflection will be incorporated. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.
Focus: The Godfathers of the Renaissance. Dictation activities, making predictions, organizing a Jigsaw activity, information gap, summarizing and paraphrasing, speaking about quotes. Games and fun! A final look at history, art, and culture from a Florentine perspective. Reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities along with pair and group work. An excursion that relates to the day’s topic is included.
Final discussion and presentations. Participants will present a 5-10 minute presentation on a context they want to exploit through reading, writing, listening, and speaking activities in their own classrooms. Feedback will be given and shared through both speaking and writing activities. Closing video (listening) activity on how to be Italian.
With its beautiful landscape, delicious food, and precious works of art, who wouldn't want to teach English in Italy? Yes, Italy indeed, is one of the world's most popular locations for those seeking work Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Moreover, Teaching English is often one of the first occupations that English speakers think of when they visit Italy, fall in love with the country, and decide to stay just a little longer, if not a lifetime!
If you're serious about finding work teaching English in Italy, it's best for you to complete a certification in TEFL. The certification is worth its weight in gold, especially if you're competing for jobs with others who already have teaching experience or with those who have no teaching experience, but are already certified. In addition, because of the over abundance of English language teachers in some Italian cities, many private language schools won't even consider hiring someone without a TEFL certification.
A TEFL certificate will give you the opportunity to work in private language schools throughout the country. Of course, if you are a member of the EU you will have a much easier time finding work, than if you're not. If you're not a member of the EU, don't give up! Finding work is still possible for non-EU members, but you'll need to be flexible, work a little harder at finding a job, and not expect things to work as they do in your own country. In the beginning, you shouldn't expect to get a lot of teaching hours from one school as they'll want to test you out and see how students feel about you and your lessons. In order to make ends meet, you might find yourself working for several schools at the same time and doing freelance teaching with private students you find on your own or through word of mouth.
Whether you're a member of the EU or not, you might find smaller schools in small out- of-the-way places more willing to hire and offer you a contract from the outset. Don't rule out smaller cities, thinking you'll only be happy in big cities like Florence, Rome, or Venice. Remember, if you choose to teach in lesser known towns and cities, you'll have less competition for jobs, be more exotic as an English-speaking foreigner to the locals, and probably find more work.
The best way to go about finding a job teaching English in Italy is to either, look on one of the several online ESL or EFL teaching sites which list employment opportunities or if you have some ideas about the exact place you'd like to teach, search on the internet in Italy's Yellow Pages (www.paginegialle.it) under scuole di lingue (language schools). Here you'll find a comprehensive listing of private language schools in both Italy's regions and specific cities (e.g., Tuscany and Florence). If you're already living in Italy, you probably know that Italians prefer face-to-face contact; and they are much more likely to hire someone they've seen or know than someone they have never met. Even if they are not hiring at the moment, it's a good idea to visit every language school on your list. Tip: when you arrive to the town that interests you with your yellow pages listing, pick up a map at the local tourist office and map out the schools in the area over a cappuccino or espresso at the nearest coffee bar. Even if the private language schools you visit are not hiring at the moment, leave your CV/resume with the director, you never know when they might need an English teacher. Schools will most likely keep your resume on file and may even call you one or two months later. It is advisable not to waste your time sending your CVs/resumes by mail or email to schools if you can visit them in person. There is really not a best time of year to look for work teaching English in Italy, although August is probably the worst time because much of Italy is closed and on vacation during that month.