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Tag: Teacher Development

Teacher training and Development

One Year of Blogging

<![CDATA[ I have great reason to celebrate: one year of blogging! Well, one year and something…. Although this post is rather late, mainly due to a really heavy teaching schedule in July and August, I have been thinking about it and writing bits and bytes whenever I had a few minutes. On the 1st of…
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My Teaching Languages in a Virtual World Blog Posts

<![CDATA[Since the  Teaching Languages in a Virtual World Ning will soon be closing down, I have saved the posts related to some teaching experiences in Second Life here on this blog – mainly for the memory and some really interesting discussions following each post. You will be able to read them by downloading the pdf…
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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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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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Braving it in the Virtual World: Being an Online Teacher

<![CDATA[This is a quick post to publish the links and some of the videos shown to the members of TESOL Greece who attended my talk on March 15. With apologies to readers who were not present at this talk (if this doesn’t make sense to them) In the first part of my talk we looked…
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Word for Word

<![CDATA[Panayotis used to be one of my Proficiency students. When I took over his class, he had already taken the examination twice… and failed both times. There were few words for which Panayotis could not provide synonyms, antonyms, but translation was his forte! Always keen to share his treasure trove, as he could so easily…
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What kind of teacher are you? Are you in your students' "Hall of Fame"?

<![CDATA[The interest in the qualities of good teachers is not new. This post includes some thoughts on a study I conducted a few years ago with two groups of different learners (50 adults and 60 young learners between 11-13).  The adults who took part in this interim study were contacted by me directly. The young…
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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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Yes, and…..

<![CDATA[There is a specific activity I often use in creative thinking skills workshops which works wonderfully well. I learnt it from T.Richards, during a lecture in Athens some years ago (pls see note at end). It's called the “Yes, and…” activity In this activity, one person, or the teacher even, begins by positing something, anything.…
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