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Vocabulary Quiz
type • vocational • monitor
the case • certificate
  1. There is a candy shop down the street that has every different of chocolate possible.
  2. She got her TEFL in Brazil and started teaching right away.
  3. If he thinks that he can pass these classes without doing any homework, that is not .
  4. He didn't go to a university, just a two-year college.
  5. We the new teachers a lot during their first month.
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729 Teachers
Conrad shares his teaching background and what he looks for in a teacher.

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every different type of school possible

I've worked basically every different type of school possible to work here in Japan.

'Every different type of school possible' means that all variations of schools are included.

Notice the following:

  1. I have inspected every different type of school possible.
  2. She has taught at every different type of school possible.

vocational college

It's a kind of technical or vocational college.

A 'vocational college' is a place of learning where the students are taught what they need to know for a specific occupation, rather than a wide range of subjects.

Notice the following:

  1. I would much rather go to the vocational college.
  2. He is a professor at the vocational college.

monitor the teachers

Sometimes at a big school it's hard to really monitor the teachers that you hire and even monitor what they are doing in the classroom.

'To monitor the teachers' means to watch what the teachers are doing to make sure that they are teaching the right information in the correct way.

Notice the following:

  1. They have regular inspections so that they can monitor the teachers.
  2. I think it is the headmaster's job to monitor the teachers.

not the case

Some of my friends back home tend to think it's easy to just be a native English speaker and teach English, which is really not the case.

When something is not the case, it means that it is not true.

Notice the following:

  1. He thinks I do not like him, but that is not the case.
  2. Its not the case that I was late on purpose.

TEFL certificate

I value an experienced teacher and someone who's studied a little about it and has a TEFL certificate.

A 'TEFL certificate' is the academic certification for those who teach English as a foreign language.You receive this certification after taking a class that teaches you how to teach.

Notice the following:

  1. I am going to study for my TEFL certificate this year.
  2. She can work abroad now that she has her TEFL certificate.