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Source Reviewed:

"Dave's ESL Cafe"

Audience:

ESL/EFL teachers and students of all levels from around the world.

Topic:

Diversity Issues

Description:

None

Strengths:

The website includes a variety of opportunities in ESL education around the world for both teachers and students of all levels. This website is extremely easy to navigate and offers a plethora of information on ESL job opportunities across the globe. There are 21 different teacher forums which include accurate class activities, adult education, linguistics, bilingual education, computer-assisted learning, elementary education, and a special emphasis on employment opportunities.
There are also another 21 forums for students to explore. Such topics include hobbies, holidays, current news, movies, computers, literature, music and learning English of course! From A to Z, there are 3019 links to other ESL related websites on Dave’s fantastic ‘Web Guide’ such as on-line courses to obtain the TEFL and TESOL certificates for teachers.
The founder, Dave Sperling, earned an ESL teaching certificate from California State University, North-ridge in 1993 and an M.A. in applied linguistics and ESL in 1995. He has spent years teaching ESL abroad in South East Asia.
The website is simple to use, fast, highly interactive and functional. There is also a bookstore, an accessible chat room for teachers and students, software to download, a photo gallery, and many fun resources for teachers to use in the classroom. This is a highly valuable website for ESL teachers either starting their careers globally, or continuing in their exploration of ESL in a global context.


Weaknesses:

It does not include in depth lesson plans, and within the Job Centre forum, there are not many jobs listed in a Canadian regional context.

Comments:

I highly recommend this website to teachers – especially those who are interested in teaching ESL abroad. The Job Centre forum is absolutely wonderful in providing such enriching opportunities. It includes posting of hundreds of international ESL/EFL job vacancies (which is updated daily), teacher discussion forums, journal postings, and a database where teachers can post their resume for potential employers from around the world. Dave Sperling also offers his own email address to contact him for personal assistance or feedback.
If you love to travel, to learn about new cultures, and have been thinking about teaching somewhere else in the world, this is the website for you. Once you start exploring this website, you won’t be able to stop!


Your Recommendations:

None

Submitted by: Natalie Gnys

 

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