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Doing the CELTA: Do's and Don'ts

This short guide is by no-means comprehensive, but I do hope it is practical and to-the-point. It is based on my experience as a CELTA trainer, so one might say I have seen the course form the inside J So here goes! What is the CELTA? The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages formerly ‘Certificate in English […]

10 things you need to know about the Cambridge CELTA course

And why it’s the best step forward in your TEFL career  “CELTA“ originally stood for ‘Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults’ but was recently changed to Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is now a Level 5 Qualification and some Universities even offer credits in their TESOL courses for having done it! The CELTA is […]

Technology – With or Without you?

<![CDATA[A great week for me (September 14-20)  as this was the first time I was participating in an online course on the Moodle platform. The course was  organised by SEETA (South Eastern Europe Teachers Associations) The topic was “Teaching without Technology”  with Scott Thornbury as the tutor and, by the end of the week, about 100 registered participants. The course was announced via […]

What is a Crocodile?

Well, I guess many educators have read this post which was sent to me via e-mail. I cannot even remember who first sent it to me. The email contained the pupil’s name but I have not published it, as I recently discovered that this was not a fictitious name but a very real one – the young man even has […]

Painting Pictures – Innovation sometimes takes a long time to come home

<![CDATA[In the last few months, and mainly thanks to social media like Facebook and Twitter, I have been meeting and interacting with a good number of colleagues about all things digital in general and foreign language education. There is great excitement in the air about either integrating ICT into educational programmes or, "going all the way". Pictures of another reality […]

Pecha Kuchas with your students

<![CDATA[What it is “Pecha Kucha (ペチャクチャ?), usually pronounced in three syllables like “pe-chak-cha”) is a presentation format in which content can be easily, efficiently and informally shown, usually at a public event designed for that purpose. Under the format, a presenter shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece, for a total time of 6 minutes, 40 seconds. It was devised […]

My Twitter

<![CDATA[Twitter started out with the simple question "What are you doing?", a teacher's dream for realistic writing using the Present Continuous! In 140 characters, your response to that question was supposed to keep you up to speed with friends, family and colleagues around the world. [youtube=://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGbLWQYJ6iM&w=500&h=281] One of the Commoncraft videos on Twitter   Millions of users do just that. […]