here’s a saying amongst travellers that if you want to get to know the locals, get to know their beer first. Beer is the third most popular beverage in the world, beaten only by tea and water. With this in mind, a great idea when traveling abroad is to work your way around some of the best cities in the world with the aim of visiting that special place where the finest … [Read more...] about 10 Famous Beer Breweries to Visit Around the World
The following is a guest post by Ayngelina. If you’d like to guest post on Go Backpacking, please read our submission guidelines. With the holidays behind us and resolutions long forgotten, it's time to turn our attention to the year ahead. To provide a bit of inspiration we've chosen 10 unforgettable destinations along with thoughts from experienced travel … [Read more...] about 10 Unforgettable Destinations for 2011
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
When glancing through the makeshift syllabus on the first day of my TEFL certification course, I distinctly remember one title catching my attention. "1-2-1: Teaching Individuals." I wasn't sure whether to laugh or grimace at the nineties-era number speak. The abundance of flannel and male ponytails often made Prague feel firmly rooted in 1995, perhaps proudly hanging onto … [Read more...] about One to One: Teaching (and Gossiping with) Individual Students