The Gift of the Humble Faux Pas

Posted by weareelic on Apr 20, 2022 9:07:41 AM

It was my first time leaving North America. I was 18 and so excited for the experiences waiting on the other side of that journey. Dallas to Brussels, Brussels to Paris. It all sounded so glamorous! I was a world traveler! As soon as the wheels lifted off the ground on that last flight, I felt my stomach drop (and not from turbulence). 

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Topics: English, Teacher, foreigner, lessons, Language

Five Reasons Students Already Want to Learn English

Posted by weareelic on Feb 17, 2022 9:45:00 AM

You walk through the door of your classroom and get everything ready for your lesson. Students begin to come in and find their seats. It’s a familiar routine, but today you notice the differences between each student’s experience of the class. Some are early, neatly arranging notebooks ready to fill with thorough shorthand recording every word you say for the next hour. Others come in right at the last moment and eagerly scribble down the particularly inspiring parts. Still others slip in five minutes late, sit in the back with no notebook at all, and slip out again at the end of the allotted time. You wonder what it is that brings each of them through your classroom door—and that is where you have struck gold as a teacher. 

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Topics: English, Teacher, lessons, Language, reasons, students

The Challenge of Language Learning: And why it’s worth it anyway

Posted by weareelic on Nov 9, 2021 10:00:00 AM

Language is at the center of nearly every part of life. Whether the words roll off the tongue or flow from fingertips tapping at a keyboard, they are essential to the way we express, relate, and collaborate to get things done. 

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Topics: English, Teacher, foreigner, lessons, Language, laos

10 Ways Teaching English Overseas Will Change You Forever

Posted by weareelic on May 24, 2021 4:32:00 PM

It’s never easy to step into a new opportunity, but as you venture out of your comfort zone, you’ll gain much more than you’d ever imagine. Living and teaching overseas is like a real-life master’s class in personal and professional development. A teacher from Laos shares her top 10 reasons that she’s forever changed by teaching overseas: 

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Topics: English, Teacher, foreigner, lessons, Language, laos

20 Lessons in Leadership

Posted by weareelic on Sep 14, 2020 6:01:32 PM

In my early morning hours, with a cup of coffee in hand, I stopped to think about what I have learned about leadership. What I have learned is not necessarily what I do. Rather, it is what I have seen to be true, and what I aspire to do. So, here then, is what I have learned:

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Topics: development, life, leadership, professional, lessons, tips, leader


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