A - Z Guide: How to Survive and Thrive as a New ESL/EFL Teacher

This  A - Z Guide: How to Survive and Thrive as a New ESL/EFL Teacher provides useful expertise from experienced teachers, PLUS 70 pages loaded with tips, tools, techniques and checklists to help new teachers develop their teaching skills.

The purpose of this guide is NOT to re-teach things that you have learned in your TESL/TESOL/CELTA courses, but to provide insights and important tips and techniques that you can use to enhance your teaching skills. This A – Z Guide (70 packed pages of expertise) lists tips, techniques and tools that you can use to help you develop your skills as a new teacher. 

Many of the tips, techniques and tools are based on my own experience as an ESL teacher for 20 years.  This A – Z Guide also includes tips from experienced English language teachers from around the world. Their valuable advice is included throughout the A – Z Guide. 

Why an A – Z Guide?

Twenty years ago, I was a new teacher trying to remember everything I learned in my TESL course.  What I didn’t know at the time was that I didn’t learn EVERYTHING that I needed to know!  I thought that I was ready for the classroom however I quickly discovered that I was unprepared for the complexity of language teaching.  I had so many questions but I was afraid to ask my more experienced colleagues!  I wasn’t sure how to continue to learn and grow as a new teacher.

Based on my own personal experience as a new teacher in 1995, as a TESL Trainer and the experience of other new ESL/EFL teachers, completing a TESL program does not necessarily mean that we are all ready for the classroom.  I do believe that with the right resources, inspiration and motivation, it is possible to learn and grow as an English language teacher.  I know that this is true because I started off just like you many years ago and have had a successful career.


"I love the A-Z guide and everything that you put out there-- it is just what a new teacher needs!"  Janet Engel

Print off the A - Z Guide: How to Survive and Thrive as a New ESL/EFL Teacher and take it with you to class so you can refer to the parts that you need during your lessons.  Remember NOT to try everything at once!  Try to incorporate something new each week and to write down what happened when you tried this specific tip or technique.

The topics are listed alphabetically in the Table of Contents.  Some of the topics included in this guide are:

  • error correction
  • how to learn students names quickly
  • 10 habits of effective teachers
  • jigsaw learning
  • lesson planning and learning objectives
  • common mistakes that new teachers make
  • effective questioning techniques
  • how to check students' understanding
  • the importance of being yourself
  • and much more!

Congratulations on taking another steps towards developing your skills as a new teacher!  

Happy teaching, Patrice