A post-exam, end-of-term reflection lesson

Last week my A2 Key class finished their exams. I could have just given them their results, but I am a big believer in building on what they have done. I really think that exams can be exploited and many things can be done with the results and learners’ work. This particular class had issuesContinue reading “A post-exam, end-of-term reflection lesson”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 3

If you haven’t read any of the previous posts, why not read Week 1 and Week 2. This week was definitely more focused on reading in the language classroom. We started by looking at the difference between intensive and extensive reading. Intensive reading is, in essence, reading that is done in class with aims andContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 3”

End-of-year class ideas

So the end of the academic year is coming to a close, at least in many parts of the world. Generally our learners have completed exams at school as well as in the academy, and now we are at the stage where we have a few weeks left, we don’t really want to keep usingContinue reading “End-of-year class ideas”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 2

If you didn’t catch the first blog post about this course, make sure you check it out before you read this one! So, week one was a crash course in TBLT, covering not only the basics but also providing loads of interesting research to look over. What about week two? Well, week two was veryContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 2”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1

The 2020/2021 academic year is coming to a close – one month left. For trainers this means an end to workshops, perhaps finishing off final observations, reflecting on mentoring sessions, looking at final action points for teachers, discussing SMART goals, planning next year’s development programme, etc. A load of things really. I’d like to takeContinue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 1”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 1

I started a new course last week, quite unexpectedly. I am a huge fan of task-based language teaching (TBLT), and I have wanted to learn more about it for a long time – ever since completing Delta Module 1. I read Doing Task-based Teaching (2007) by Willis and Willis about a year ago and hadContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 1”

Review: Teaching and Researching Motivation – Zoltan Dörnyei

A short time ago I read Teaching and Researching Listening by Michael Rost. It was an eye-opening read, to say the least. I was pleasantly surprised to find many other books in the Teaching and Researching series, including Zoltan Dörnyei’s Teaching and Researching Motivation. Having had such a good experience with Rost’s book, I wasContinue reading “Review: Teaching and Researching Motivation – Zoltan Dörnyei”

Advising and Supporting Teachers – Task 1.1

This is part of the Advising and Supporting Teachers series. In this series, I complete the tasks set out in Mark Randall’s and Barbara Thornton’s Advising and Supporting Teachers. Task 1.1 An Inspector Calls In this task, trainers (or potential trainers) are asked to write an essay on the first time they were watched eitherContinue reading “Advising and Supporting Teachers – Task 1.1”

Review: Teaching and Researching Listening – Michael Rost

Over the last month or so, I have started reading ELT books heavily again. You could say that I took a six-month hiatus after the 2020 summer – the pandemic has held most of my attention, creating a whole new world of problems to deal with in the academy, classroom, and, well, the world inContinue reading “Review: Teaching and Researching Listening – Michael Rost”

The 2019/2020 Academic year – One hell of a topsy-turvy!

The 2019/2020 academic year – what a bloody interesting ride that was! I, like all you lovely people, felt that this year turned out to be both a challenge and a learning curve (from both a teaching and training perspective). Coronavirus threw the proverbial spanner in the works for pretty much everyone, and the educationContinue reading “The 2019/2020 Academic year – One hell of a topsy-turvy!”