The Five Additional Ways
Remember what Henry Ford once said? It was, “Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. " In continuing to make 2008 your best teaching year ever here are 5 more suggestions you might want to consider and implement.
8. Learn a Foreign Language
I'll just bet you wouldn't delay your “dream" trip to the Bong Mine complex of Liberia (or whatever your trip might be) if you intensely began learning the local language. Want to see Paris? How about relaxing among the “Pines of Rome"? Is a stroll along the Great Wall a fancy of yours? Well why don't you just start a foreign language course in the tongue you'll likely need for the trip? If “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" as the proverb goes, then you'll be many miles along on your journey just by beginning your foreign language course.
9. Write a Series of Articles or Compile a Book
You don't think you could write a book? Balderdash! Almost every has at least one good book in them. But how about starting off with an article? Write a journal. Tell about your work, your problems (I'll bet you have plenty of those) and how you solved some of them. Voila! You have an article. A book is simply a series of articles which are linked through a common theme. When you're done and published - see the previous item on this list for the next step. Move over Hemmingway.
10. Publish Online
With the number of teaching-related websites steadily growing there's no shortage of places to post or publish your writing. Try www.ezinearticles.com or other article banks to get your feet wet. From there, you have virtually no limit online.
11. Get a Website
You've been telling yourself that you need a website for some time now. Now's finally the time to get off your duff and make your online presences a reality. There are free sites available for the taking. Cheap domain names to be had and a vast online world to explored, enjoyed and exploited. It doesn't have to be fancy, elaborate or extensive. Just get out there and get your name up in digital form.
12. Start and Keep a Teaching Journal
Here's a good one to get you started. Journal what happens in your classes. Write about your day, your problems and their solutions great and small. Ramble about the country you live in. What changed for you? What problems do you have that are “different"? What about the food, the clothes, the lifestyle? Talk about your co-workers (with the names changed to protect the innocent - or the guilty). Whatever motivates you will almost certainly motivate countless numbers of others worldwide. Don't believe me? Well you're reading THIS, aren't you?
So using any or all of these 5 additional suggestions, you can easily make this year one of your best teaching years ever. Remember Henry Ford's advice: “Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. " It's up to you - now get to work and good luck.
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Prof. Larry M. Lynch is an English language teaching and learning expert author and university professor in Cali, Colombia. For more information on entering into or advancing in the fascinating field of ELT send for his no-cost pdf Ebook, “If You Want to Teach English Abroad, Here's What You Need to Know", send an e-mail with “free ELT Ebook" in the subject line. For comments, questions, requests, to receive more information or to be added to his free TESOL articles and teaching materials mailing list, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org