Tag: Communication

Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

Defragmenting Foreign Language Learning – my talk at TESOL Greece 2013

<![CDATA[Presenting language in small fragments hoping that they will one day automatically transform into fluent near-native talk may not be enough. My talk at TESOL Greece highlighted some ways in which skilled performers achieve excellence and focused on practical activities promoting holistic language learning using a variety of free online tools. Fragments of knowledge The…
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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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Peace Education and ELT

<![CDATA[This is a post which has been brewing for some time now and I have taken the opportunity to publish it on this day of September to celebrate the International Day of Peace. In my local ELT scene, Greece, many of the ‘givens’ we used to take for granted are no longer true. We used…
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Birthday Memories – Wallwishers are great!

<![CDATA[I loved my birthday wishes this year! Thanks to Shelly Terrell who was the instigator, my PLN gave me this wonderful memory of this special birthday. I was so thrilled at your words, music, images and thoughts that I wanted to save them all here and come back and look at them all again and…
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How not to teach English

Here are some of the things that still happen in many classrooms in Greece – do they also happen in other parts of the world? The teacher and the students talk to each other mainly using the students’ mother tongue. The teacher asks the students to read a text aloud. Then the teacher asks the…
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Animating your Coursebook

<![CDATA[ Made with wordle.net What is the secret message in the Wordle above? Have you guessed it? If you are pretty happy following your coursebook page after page and exercise after exercise without omitting anything, then this post may read somewhat strange to you. If on the other hand, you have spent the best part of every book…
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Bridget Jones and my New Year's Resolutions – 2009

<![CDATA[  I have always loved the scene where Bridget Jones comes up with her famous 33 New Year’s Resolutions. What a great scene that was and I can’t remember how many nice lessons, by the way,  I have watched with trainees using this clip to teach this or that, sometimes the future, sometimes just to…
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Visual Delights & Spike Milligan

<![CDATA[I am a big time fan of Spike Milligan, who has nothing whatsoever to do with foreign language teaching or foreign language teacher education but who has given me hours of great delight and, at times, inspiration for materials or activity design. In 1985, he brought out a book called “Further Transports of Delight” with…
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TEFL Pursuits

<![CDATA[You all know the great board game of Trivial Pursuit . I just love this game and have had lots of fun playing with friends, although, it must be admitted that the cultural bias of many of the questions makes it a bit more difficult if you are playing in a language  other than your…
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