IATEFL – TTEdSIG Pre-conference event notes

This year I joined IATEFL and chose TTEdSIG as my special interest group (SIG). Apart from there being a whole load of new acronyms to learn, there are also a lot of benefits from being part of IATEFL and specific SIGs, one being a discount to the pre-conference event (PCE). In these PCEs, SIGs haveContinue reading “IATEFL – TTEdSIG Pre-conference event notes”

A TBLT lesson of my own – Learner-created Kahoots

Last week I asked my learners what they wanted to do over the last few weeks of term. Of course one of the first things that came up was ‘Play Kahoot’. I made a deal with them – we can play Kahoot if they make the Kahoots (well, the questions at least)! This post isContinue reading “A TBLT lesson of my own – Learner-created Kahoots”

Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 4

If you’d like to read the previous weeks’ posts, check them out here: Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Whereas the previous weeks have been focused on TBLT and reading in general, we got a little more specific this week – we focused on language in the reading classroom. That is, how we can integrateContinue reading “Teaching EFL/ESL Reading: A Task-Based Approach – Week 4”

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”