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Tag: Teacher Development

Teacher training and Development

My 11 from '11

<![CDATA[Am taking up  Adam Simpson’s challenge, well, not really a challenge, more like an invitation but such a nice way to look back at what I have blogged about this year.  Adam said, “Choose the best 11” but I must confess I don’t write as many posts as all that. Some people seem to be able to churn…
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Embedding Creative Thinking Skills Training into our EFL Practice

<![CDATA[Post Updated with videos downloaded from Upstream   Videos of  most of my talk at IATEFL Harrogate 2010 [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmWitpupIwk&w=420&h=315] Part A about 22 minutes  (conntent of slides 1-7 below is not included)  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVrU_5BEbxI&w=420&h=315]  Part B about 8 minutes   A Summary of my talk  It has been suggested that creativity (or, as it is also…
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A Little & Often: Integrating Technology on Teacher Development Courses

<![CDATA[A few months ago (April-June 2011*)  I wrote a report on a survey on the use of technology amongst CELTA tutors. The results were rather disheartening and the prevailing attitudes among many of my respondents ranged from the completely negative (“It is not our job/place to introduce technology on CELTA courses; there are more important…
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Survey on the use of Social Networks for Foreign Language Teachers

<![CDATA[Dear PLN, Many of you are aware that since earlier this year,  I have been involved in an EU funded project – aPLaNet – whose aim is to help Foreign Language Teachers develop and maintain their own PLN in an autonomous way. Creating one’s PLN takes time, effort and commitment,  and those of you reading…
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Can you teach a Dogme Lesson on your Cambridge DELTA?

This post is written in response and as part of a twitter conversation with Martin Sketchley – @ELTexperiences on Twitter. His blog post on his own Dogme observed lesson can be found at the end of this post. In the days before writing his experimental asignment for the DELTA course, Jonathan – my trainee of…
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Are you ready to go beyond your comfort zone?

<![CDATA[ Once an English teacher has put a few years of experience under their belt, they often come to a point in their teaching career where they are beginning to feel the need for further professional development. This is a stage akin to the intermediate learning plateau that learners of English as a foreign language…
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Getting teens to keep talking

<![CDATA[The noontime #ELTchat on 09/03/2011 focused on how to motivate teens to extend their speaking activities, so as to go beyond “I agree” “I disagree”. A numbers of issues was raised such as motivation, being relaxed, students’ silence etc. This summary was contributed by Anastasia Kararoudi – @tasoulazac on Twitter and although she is new…
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#ELTchat – 99,052 Tweets and counting!

<![CDATA[  This is not the image a heartbeat. It’s the burst of energy of hundreds of tweets which are sent by the many ELT professionals participating in an online discussion called #ELTchat every Wednesday at two different times, at 12:00 p.m. GTM and  at 21:00 p.m. GMT. What is #ELTchat? Every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.…
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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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