The ABC of ELT

Do teachers or Students set the pace?

  #eltpic taken by @victoriaB52 One of the very strange moments I had today [when speaking to another teacher] was about the amount of time activities take. [N.B. please bear in mind that this is a school context where there is a common text book and pace chart for everyone to follow.] A Slow teacher? […]

#30goals: goal 3 ask a learner.

  The third #30goal challenge involves asking students what they find useful in their own learning experiences.  This reminds me of one of my most enjoyable lessons that really can apply to all sorts of levels. “How do you learn English/other language”  I originally used it to teach present simple sentences for elementary students and […]

An initial review of 52 by the round

After being put on to the imitative of the round via twitter and seeing the striking similarities between what they were seeking to do and Seth Godin’s Domino project I got very excited yesterday to see the first title 52: a year of subversive activity for the ELT classroomwith the tag-line of being subversive activities for a […]

Speaking IH young learners conference in Prauge

  I am very excited to announce that I will be doing a workshop on Dyslexic students at the IH Young Learners Conference in Prague on the 3rd of March. As someone who is Dyslexic and had “trouble” learning foreign languages when I was younger It is a topic that is very close to my […]

Using Evernote for Professional development

Recently on #ELTchat a blog challenge was set on how you use bookmarking programs so I thought I’d respond on how I use Evernote. Upon completing my record I realised that actually I use Evernote mainly as a note book and not for bookmarking. In spite of this I hope you will enjoy the read […]

30goals: Magic moments

This is the second of the 30 goals challenge. This time it’s all about magic moments. Moments in your teaching lives which have just stood out for some reason or another. This isn’t just about the immediate goal of recording some magic moment but also in the long term to provide a list of moments […]

Dogme in hindsight or Dogme as forward planning

This weekend I was away in Donetsk visiting the IH Donetsk school, seeing old friends, meeting new teachers, witnessing Ukrainian Communists singing songs to commorate the anniversary of Lenin’s death, and also to attend some joint school input sessions and feedback about the IH Dos conference. Of course one of the hot topics was Dogme. […]

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