The ABC of ELT

All about White/chalkboards

As I have posted previously I had become aware that my board work could use some improving. The way this awareness was raised was firstly a previous acknowledgement during my CELTA about handwriting and ensuring words were written in a ledgable manner. Then, via reading Teaching Unplugged and the comment that Board work is an essential aspect of […]

Watch what you say…but not too much

I’d love this post to end with a nice clear cut rule but unfortunately, as with most things in life, instead we get a fine balancing act. One of the hardest things for me when I started teaching was grading my language. that is using language that is clear and understandable for students.  At first, I […]

How did you feel when you started teaching?

  Claire giving me a lesson Today during our language awareness course we had a brief discussion about how we felt when we started teaching. It was really interesting to hear peoples different responses and I though it would be great to ask the rest of the world this questions. How did you feel when […]

Get yourself a mentor and community.

This possibly actually deserves to be the top of my tips for new teachers but it is the first one I’ve done concerning outside the classroom. The reason why it has taken me so long to suggest this is that I have been focusing within the classroom and yet really this out of classroom factor will […]

How can I help you?

If you are like me I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience. You are thinking of buying something (new clothes perhaps or something for your computer) but you’re not sure what exactly but you know a few good shops to try. You going into the shop to look around, see what t-shirts they have, or […]

Communicative purposes

[Blog post too long? Why not check out my one minute video on communicative purposes?] Communicative purpose is basically jargon for a good and meaningful reason to be speaking. Although it sounds so obvious it is really essential for activities. I’ll give you an example of what happens with out one and you can see […]

Reflective Practices

I have to confess my reflective practices are poor to non existent! At most I usually get a “I think that went well/didn’t go well, they really liked X” and then about 5 minutes later I’ve completely forgotten the thought. Partially, this stems from my Dyslexia, poor memory and organisational skills but I have managed to […]

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