Tag: Teacher Development

Training and Development for Teachers and Learners

Tagged Again

<![CDATA[I was first tagged by Doug Peterson and did my first post here but then Maria Theologidou tagged me again with a fresh set of questions. Photo Credit: SnaPsi Сталкер via Compfight Normally, I would have thought, this is quite enough – but the whole ELT blogosphere has been having a blast tagging one another…
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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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Are you a Good Language Learner?

<![CDATA[  In this post-method era, when so many approaches and methods to language teaching have come and gone, where reflective teachers are no longer thinking in terms of which ‘label’ to follow or which apostle to bow to, it has become more and more evident that TEFL needs to stop contemplating its own navel and…
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Autonomous Professional Development Begins at Home – IATEFL 2013 Talk

<![CDATA[Just got back from Liverpool IATEFL 2013 where I went for my annual inspiration shot – connecting with the profession and the latest ideas and concerns was an incredible experience once again This year, and for the first time in a long while, I did a joint presentation with Shaun Wilden, co-moderator on the weekly…
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Thinking about Discipline – Part 2

<![CDATA[In the first blog post of this series on discipline, I  looked at some of the causes of unruly behaviour in the classroom and got started on the path of what teachers can do proactively! I think that one of the best quotes I always remember, is one by my colleague Olga Gounis, an ex-TEFL…
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Making a Machinima in Second Life – in 19 Steps

<![CDATA[For the next few weeks I will be working and helping moderate the MachinEVO course in Second Life, one of the TESOL EVO courses. We are all hoping to learn how to record Second Life and to create recordings which will be useful to our language learners. There are already more than 110 participants on…
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P is for Politeness in Conversational English – a Discourse Perspective

<![CDATA[Many teachers who have had the opportunity to read discourse analysis either at University or on a PD course such as the Cambridge DELTA,  express great interest in this way of studying connected text or talk, but just as many find it  hard to incorporate it into their teaching; apart from an occasional lesson focusing…
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My Nominations for the Edublogs Awards 2011 – #eddies11

<![CDATA[ I still remember how much I enjoyed being nominated for some of the awards as a new blogger and tweeter in 2009 and how much this encouraged me to keep blogging and to try to keep getting better. Some people may still think these nominations have no value – well, they do; it’s our…
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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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