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Category: ELT Methodology

Teacher training and Development

Advance Organisers – How they Connect the Reading Experience

Reading is a highly complex activity and, yet, in the foreign language classroom, it is often approached as if texts are just collections of words and grammatical patterns which students, if only they could analyse and decipher them, would be able to arrive at the overall meaning of the text. But, is this what happens…
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Tradition Revisited & Revamped: "Something old, something new…."

<![CDATA[ What are the good things you can draw from each of the approaches labelled traditional? How have you adapted them or changed them/renovated them and how do you integrate them into your teaching practice? The discussions during the #ELTchat of November 10 had us running in two directions: there were those colleagues who wanted…
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Blog Challenge: Tradition Revisited & Revamped

<![CDATA[Inspired by the #ELTchat of November 10, 1020, here is a blog challenge to collect and learn how you use traditional practices in your modern innovative class The topic we discussed was: When you think of traditional ELT approaches, are they all totally bad? What are good things you can draw from each of them?…
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What about your concept questions? The famous CCQ’s

CCQ’s – in the TEFL jargon which we all use – are those questions which you need to ask right after you have taught something or are revising  a lexical item a group of words a grammar point a functional exponent   Generations of my CELTA, TEFL and DELTA trainees have agonised over their CCQ’s and this…
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Words from Context: of Logic & Connections

In his great taxonomy of language skills which appears in his well known book “Communicative Syllabus Design“, John Munby mentions “developing sensitivity to context clues”,  as one of the microskills of  reading. kapitzvirt In this post, I would like to share an insight gleaned from an EST (English for Science & Techonology) series of books…
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Watching Young Learners at Work: From Practice to Principle

<![CDATA[This post is based on three activities on video with a young class in their first year of English videotaped as part of a training project for a course on teaching young learners.  Photo Credit: woodleywonderworks via Compfight cc Some information about the young class At the point of  being video-taped, this class of Greek…
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The Art of Being Creative

<![CDATA[I am reproducing this article written in 1996  as the ideas presented in my talk at IATEFL Harrogate 2010, derive straight from this work. It is addressed to teacher educators or teachers working in self-help groups trying to manage their own professional development. Activities listed, could form the basis of a wide number of TD…
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Playing Games or Being Serious?

<![CDATA[Most learners enjoy playing games; most teachers use games convinced of their value for language learning.  This short, post aims to give you ideas for games which deal with subject matter which  is usually considered ‘ heavy’ or ‘ very serious’ and not usually dealt with in such a light-hearted way! The games below are…
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Storming out or Norming in?

I first became interested in social group theory quite a few years ago, mainly due to a great colleague and friend, Angi Malderez who I met during the 2nd International Conference ever offered in Istabul in 1992 (or 3?). At that time, that most excellent book, “Classroom Dynamics” (OUP ) and bearing a dedication to…
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Tech Tools & Pedagogy I – ReadtheWords, Voki & Xtranormal

<![CDATA[My first post in the series is about three applications ReadtheWords in which an avatar speaks out a text you have pasted into a text box Voki which does the same but which also allows you to record your voice not xtranormal which allows only text to speech but which offers a range of animations.…
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