Back to school activities – starting off right

Here we are again, my fellow teachers. The summer holidays have all but gone, and now I can almost feel teachers itching with anticipation, dread and, dare I say, a little bit of joy at returning to the classroom. I know, it’s a mixed bag, but one thing we are all in agreement on isContinue reading “Back to school activities – starting off right”

Review: A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT – John Hughes

I love reading about teacher training, not simply because I am a trainer, but also because I enjoy reading about how other trainers, often far more experienced than myself, would do things or what recommendations they might give. I recently picked up John Hughes A Practical Introduction to Teaching Training in ELT when Pavilion hadContinue reading “Review: A Practical Introduction to Teacher Training in ELT – John Hughes”

Review: Psychology for Language Teachers – Marion Williams and Robert Burden.

I love summer for two reasons. One, I get to thoroughly relax and take a much-needed break, usually on a beach somewhere (this year was Spain and Italy). Two, I get to read to my heart’s content, both ELT-related books as well as my secret indulgence, fantasy novels. Now, while I am sure you wouldContinue reading “Review: Psychology for Language Teachers – Marion Williams and Robert Burden.”

Review: Alive to Language – Arndt, Harvey and Nuttall

In preparation for the NILE / Chichester university MAPDLE, I have been working my way through the reading list. It’s been great as it has pushed me to look at areas that I haven’t touch for some time, such as discourse. Alive to Language looks specially at this and it was a great read/course thatContinue reading “Review: Alive to Language – Arndt, Harvey and Nuttall”

Review: Trainer Development – Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho

A while ago I remember reading something from Rachel Tsateri and her experience with Wright and Bolitho’s Trainer Development. Rachel mentioned that some of her great ideas were influenced by and came from this book, so I knew I had to look more into it. After a little more reading, I came across plenty ofContinue reading “Review: Trainer Development – Tony Wright and Rod Bolitho”

2021 Okinawa JALT Summer Symposium Conference

I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at this year’s Okinawa JALT (Japanese Association of Language Teaching) Summer Symposium. It meant an early morning wake up (had to get up at 4am!), but it was certainly well worth it. I got to not only run a workshop on exam moderation and assessment literacy,Continue reading “2021 Okinawa JALT Summer Symposium Conference”

Review: Task-Based Language Teaching – Theory and Practice – Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani and Lambert.

For those of you that have been following me, you know I’ve been going deeper into task-based language teaching (TBLT). I recently reviewed Anderson and McCutcheon’s fantastic Activities for Task-Based Learning and I recently finished a course focused on Reading in a task-based classroom. Alongside these, I’ve also been reading – well, now finished readingContinue reading “Review: Task-Based Language Teaching – Theory and Practice – Ellis, Skehan, Li, Shintani and Lambert.”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 6

Why not check out the previous weeks’ post, if you haven’t already: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 We are finally here – the last week! This final week has been focused on really making a task from a reading text; in a sense, bringing everything we have learnt over theContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 6”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 5

Before reading Week 5, why not check out the previous weeks: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 This week focused pretty much entirely on extensive reading, which I thought was really interesting. We did look at TBLT towards the end (and more in a way of extending extensive reading), but the main objectiveContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 5”

Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning – N. Anderson and N. McCutcheon

This year I have been going TBTL crazy. I’ve always been keen on TBLT, but I made the conscious decision to really build my understanding of it so that I could better implement it in my classes (generally in a task-supported manner) and so I could better answer questions from teachers. One of the booksContinue reading “Review: Activities for Task-Based Learning – N. Anderson and N. McCutcheon”