I remember at one point in my teaching career when I fell in the trap of the ‘think-pair-share’ routine. Basically, I would ask my class to work individually first, then with a partner, and finally to share their work with the class. Don’t get me wrong, it worked well and learners knew what to do - it seemed ideal. Until I realised that I was bored. And if I was bored, they were probably
December 11, 2021, 1:37 pm
To correct or not to correct, that is the question. I’m a big fan of making errors in language learning - it is a sign that we are trying something new and we are not afraid of it. The key to success it to learn from our own mistakes and move on. So, there’s no doubt regarding the importance of helping learners understand what mistakes they make and why.
October 8, 2021, 6:50 pm
Let’s be honest. Not many teachers, newly qualified and non, know how to best manage a class with students who have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). It is often difficult and embarrassing to admit it - Who do you ask for help? Where can you find reliable online information? What immediate actions can you take to make your lessons more accessible for all? Many academies/language schools nowadays are better equipped to support teachers in these circumstances. Some have a SEND coordinator appointed to liaise with students and teachers, so that their classroom experience can be improved. But not all teachers work in this kind of environment. This training session is just the tip of the iceberg, to gently introduce you to a world that you might not be familiar with.
June 12, 2021, 8:17 am
Out of the four (Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing), I have always found listening skills to be the most challenging - not only for me to teach, but also for my students to develop. The most obvious reason is that, as the Latin proverb goes, ‘verba volant, scripta manent’: spoken words quickly ‘disappear’ from our minds, written words are permanent, in front of our eyes, as tangible evidence. However, this is only part of the problem, at least when it comes to language learning/teaching.
May 15, 2021, 12:21 pm