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May 21, 2007

Living on a Budget- Material Swap

Hello Readers!

As the saying goes, "birds of a feather flock together". English teachers tend to be no different from the rest. While you may be spending plenty of time with each other at the pub, at a club or at a restaurant, do you actually discuss teaching with each other? With all the experience that each person has...

... with similar kinds of students, your fellow English teacher can be one of your biggest resources.

So, how can you take advantage of this? Set up a 'material swap' at a nearby photocopying locale, and copy lesson plans, games, and other resources that they find useful. Not only is this a good way to get some new material for your classes without blindly spending your paycheck for books you find on the amazon, but it's also a way to stretch your teaching routine by trying out new things that perhaps you wouldn't normally use. Furthermore, it's a great way to learn about different ELT books on the market.

If you have any resources that you'd like to share with the other ESL Lesson Plans, feel free to share those here!

Hope that helps!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

Looking for MORE articles about living on a budget as an ESL teacher? Click HERE!

About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, and lived and worked in China for more than 7 years. During that time, she worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing. Carol is also currently working on her MA in TESOL at the Oxford Brookes University in England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at May 21, 2007 03:24 AM

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Of course, we must be respectful of copyright. Try to resist the temptation to photocopy entire books!

Posted by: notapirate at May 22, 2007 06:56 AM

Good point, "notapirate". It's important to follow copyright laws and respect the hard-working authors who depend on their royalties.

However, it is alright to photocopy small sections from books, eg. an interesting lesson here or there, and it's also acceptable to photocopy lessons and ideas from the many books that are marked "photocopiable".

Another reminder for ELT teachers is to cite your sources. If you photocopy anything from a textbook, magazine, newspaper, etc., make sure that you give the author/source credit.

Posted by: Carol at May 22, 2007 08:58 AM

I would like to know all the strategies that may improve my way of teaching English

Posted by: Abeer at May 30, 2007 05:49 AM

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