The Czech Republic continues to be an increasingly popular tourist destination, with historic cities such as Prague remaining very affordable compared to much of Europe despite the influx of visitors in recent years. Architectural treasure can be found all over the country while as the home of the original Pilsner Urquell beer, the town of Pilsen is a typical tour stop. … [Read more...] about Top 10 Tips for Visiting the Czech Republic
A long time ago, I visited Prague during my first backpacking trip to Europe. I had a great time, but during my second swing through the Czech Republic last Fall, I wanted to go somewhere new. Once again, readers came through on Facebook, suggesting I visit Brno, the capital of the Moravia region and the country's second largest city, on my way from Dresden to … [Read more...] about Top 10 Things to Do in Brno (Czech Republic)
Within the international staff of an ESL school, the overwhelming majority are typically young - early to mid-twenties, fresh out of college, unwilling to sentence themselves to the corporate world just yet. During my time abroad, I was a part of that group. Never before having worked full-time, aside from short summertime gigs, my peers and I in the post-collegiate category … [Read more...] about ESL Teaching: Look on the Bright Side
During the holiday season, my memory often returns to one specific class I taught in December of my ESL year. The students were five lovely women in their thirties, and they spoke excellent English. Their advanced level had resulted in many lengthy conversations, both lighthearted and intelligent, and they were one of the few courses that I truly enjoyed every single time I … [Read more...] about ESL Teaching: How Do You Say “Jewish” in Your Language?
There are moments as an ESL instructor where circumstances teach you to bite your tongue. Yes, you want to correct your students' every mistake. But, if that were the case, said student would likely manage a total of five statements in sixty minutes. The goal is to speak, not to be crowned Ms. Perfect. Letting mistakes slide is a bit of a subjective art for each teacher. … [Read more...] about ESL Students Say the Darnedest Things