This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Observation. It leaves a bad taste in some teachers’ mouths. It’s one of those development tools that is probably done more poorly than well. It’s also one of the most important development tools we have, and it was the focus for this week. We lookedContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 5”
This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Whereas week 3 was devoted to planning training session, week 4 was devoted to delivering training sessions. We looked at using certain types of tasks, used these tasks, and we also covered supportive trainer talk. Let’s take a closer look at these now. Task formatsContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 4”
This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Week 3 in review This week we covered what I felt was less content, but a lot more practice – or implementing the learned content. We started off looking at the way in which input sessions are planned and the process of this planning. TheContinue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 3”
This is part of the series Cambridge Train the Trainer. Overview of the week So, last week was very much the introductory week to the course – we were eased into things basically. This week was a lot heavier in terms of looking at what trainers do and the planning involved, which I found great.Continue reading “Cambridge Train the Trainer – Week 2”
This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 1 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task ‘Just the words “yet” or “not yet,” we’re finding, give kids greater confidence, give them a path into the future that creates greater persistence.’ Carol Dweck – 2014 In this task, Sandy asks teachers to watch Carol Dweck’s TED talkContinue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 2”
This is my response to the reflective task Exploring your context 1 from Sandy Millin’s ELT Playbook 1. The task – Going for a walk In this task, Sandy asks teachers to go for a walk, somewhere we haven’t been before preferably, and take a few moments to take in what it is we see, feel, experience, etc.Continue reading “ELT Playbook 1 – Teacher health and wellbeing 1”
**Updated** Since the original publishing of this post, I have come across a phenomenal amount of extra resources, tools, etc. that I think you will all find very useful. I have updated the lists within this blog, and I will continue to do so. Watch this space! – Jim The coronavirus has sent the worldContinue reading “Making the shift to online teaching – Some tips and tools to make life easier.”
I have always been interested in teaching English online. Currently, I have one online learner (a long-time private), but I am very interested in expanding my online teaching experience. So, when I heard that one of my Colleagues, Steve Kelly, had taught online full-time for many years before moving back into the more traditional classroom,Continue reading “Five minutes with Steve Kelly – Online teaching”
A short blog post about short courses for English language teachers.
A few months ago I decided to conduct some of my own research into the effects the observer has and see what attitudes teachers had towards face-to-face and video observations.