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Teacher training and Development

Visualising Process Writing

My new infographic Some time ago, I started trying to learn to make infographics and had an idea for a poster showing a possible lesson following a process orientation to writing. The infographic took quite a bit of work to do. Process was less easy to depict than I had anticipated but here is my…
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Process Writing in Pictures

My new infographic Some time ago, I started trying to learn to make infographics and had an idea for a poster showing a possible lesson following a process orientation to writing. The infographic took quite a bit of work to do. Process was less easy to depict than I had anticipated but here is my…
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The Undercover CELTA

I was shocked to hear that one of my past trainees in Athens Greece, is actually keeping her CELTA secret from her employer. She has begged her tutors all her colleagues never to mention her slip up to her employer (though she passed with a great grade!!) In her school, she can only ‘do the…
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Life as it used to BI

<![CDATA[BI=Before Internet   Our collective memories get so easily altered with the advent and use of new technologies. It’s so common amongst people to resist new tech and for teachers to insist that what they are used to is ‘good enough’ and ‘didn’t they learn without this new tech just fine’ themselves? Then, somehow, the…
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10 Reasons Why You Should Look for a Job in a Summer School

More and more teachers are considering applying for a teaching job in summer schools in the UK or other countries. But, what does it take for your application to be successful? A quick search through various ads for summer school teachers will show that the only essential qualification for your application to be accepted is the…
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Πως να διδάσκετε Αγγλικά χωρίς να μαθαίνουν οι μαθητές σας

Το παρακάτω είναι ένα μάθημα όπως δεν πρέπει να γίνεται: Ο καθηγητής και ο μαθητής συνομιλούν στην Ελληνική γλώσσα Ο καθηγητής ζητάει από τον μαθητή να διαβάσει ένα κείμενο φωναχτά και μετά κάνει ερωτήσεις κατανοήσεως στον μαθητή Μετά ο καθηγητής αναλύει λέξη λέξη και φράση φράση το κείμενο στον μαθητή Το λεξιλόγιο μεταφράζεται στα Ελληνικά…
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What kind of School are you working for? (A Questionnaire on the ‘micro-climate’ of an institution)

This is a response to many  readers and trainees who talk about the frequent frustration befalling newly (or not so “newly”…) trained teachers finding themselves teaching in an environment where their training is not only not appreciated, but actually seen either as undesirable or as a threat.   On the opposing camp, I hear many…
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The Cambridge Delta and Why I Chose the Intensive Course Option

Since  I completed my Delta course and overall assessment, I have received several messages from prospective candidates who want to or have to follow an intensive course because no other viable option is open to them. But often, colleagues have read this or that comment, especially in various forums, and have been intimidated or even…
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How to overcome observation anxiety- Tips for CELTA and Delta trainees

  Whether you have been observed by colleagues in a more or less unofficial setting, by your DOS as part of a job appraisal scheme or process, or as part of a teacher training course such as the CELTA or the Delta, being observed can be extremely stressful for most teachers. The topic of classroom observations is…
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Is the CELTA course just for new teachers?

  When the Cambridge CELTA was first created, it was intended as a pre-service course but experience has shown that it is a perfect course for the novice teacher, yes,  but it is also a great course even if you are an experienced teacher who has not had the opportunity to follow a proper training…
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