Category: Blog Post

Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

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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Eight steps to becoming a more creative teacher (reblogged)

Earlier this summer, I was involved in a series of presentations, writings, webinars and even a trip to London to present a seminar live at the British Council central offices, in Spring Gardens.  Much of this activity has been reported here and elsewhere – facebook, twitter and even You Tube. Here is a blog post…
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Our CELTA pass rate – steady at 100%

You may wonder how that is possible! Of course, we are careful to select candidates who have a good potential for success! Before Each Course We screen them – to find out if they have the required knowledge and ability to analyse language We test them – to see how quickly they can think; our…
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Tagged for the last time, I hope

This is the Tag-a-Blogger Challenge going around the blogosphere! A fun chain of posts which include 11 random facts about yourself, answers to 11 questions posed by another blogger who tagged you and your 11 questions to other 11 bloggers you tag in your post. Looks like a chain letter?! Yes, but why not? It’s a fun…
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The Giant Storymaker – Ideas for a Hundred Million Stories

<![CDATA[Storytelling is one of the most important acts of communication. Every day, in our contacts with friends, relatives, colleagues and acquaintances we share stories, anecdotes – things that happened to use, stories we read about in the news, on social media, stories we heard through others. _______________________________ In class, story building and storytelling can get…
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Tagged: In response to Doug Peterson

<![CDATA[This is a kind of a chain blog post in which one blogger tags you on their blog and challenges you to answer some questions and then pass the ball to eleven more bloggers! Photo Credit: SnaPsi Сталкер via Compfight Doug Peterson tagged me in this blogging meme.  This is the first time I take…
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Why do I blog?

<![CDATA[I recently used the same idea which I wrote about when this blog turned one year old, but here I am reposting it, as I simplified it to make it more accessible to teachers and learners new to blogging.  A variation of this post for learners of English was also posted at My English Club…
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