English Teaching professional blogposts from Chia Suan Chong
Give yourself a pat on the back
As we approach the beginning of a new year, our personal stock-take of the previous year can sometimes be full of regrets, doubts and self-criticism. Chia Suan Chong, our ETp blogger, offers us eight important questions we can ask ourselves to help us give ourselves credit for the things we’ve done, no matter how small they may seem.
Impostor syndrome in teaching and how to deal with it
What is impostor syndrome and why do many teachers suffer from it? As teachers, we are sometimes expected to be experts in so many areas that it is easy to feel like frauds. But sometimes, severe feelings of inadequacy can impact negatively on our careers and our lives. Chia Suan Chong, our ETp blogger, explores how we can start dealing with it.
Language switch; personality shift?
Who are we when we speak a foreign language? Is proficiency measured by how successfully we can transfer our personalities from our first language? How might the different cultural conventions change the way we present ourselves when speaking in the foreign language? Chia Suan Chong, our ETp resident blogger, considers these questions in her latest blogpost.
Relationship building across cultures
The way we build relationships with some might mean the relationship goes awry, or even ends up catastrophic in others. How can we help our learners interact in English successfully and build solid relationships with the different people that they will meet? Our resident ETp blogger, Chia Suan Chong, explores the different issues that we should be discussing with our students.
Ten books for CELTA trainees and new teachers
Chia Suan Chong looks at the type of books that are most recommended for newly qualified teachers and those embarking on a teacher training course. Of course, this core set of books can be complemented by other supplementary titles that course providers might recommend to enrich the teacher training experience and which are pertinent to the teaching context.