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”

Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Teresa Bestwick

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. Last Thursday, I had the pleasure to sit down with teacher trainer, materials writer and all-round awesome person, Teresa Bestwick. Teresa is a CertTESOL and DipTESOL trainer, and she is very active in the online development world as well. For example, she and Simon Pearlman haveContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teacher Training with Teresa Bestwick”

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”

The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 2

To see the first part of this group of posts, click here. In this part, I will look at term two’s workshops, the rationale behind them, and my reflections on how they all went. Term 2 – Working with Cambridge English exams Course type  Drip feed  Breadth or depth  Breadth  Coherent or standalone  Coherent theme,Continue reading “The Teacher Trainer Diaries – A year of workshops – Part 2”

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”

Sponge Chats – Teaching English in Spain with Alan McDyre, President of ACEIA

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. There are few within Spain who have more knowledge about the current language teaching context than Alan McDyre, President of ACEIA, Spain’s largest language teaching association. I have had the pleasure to meet Alan a number times at various ACEIA and FECEI conferences, and now IContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teaching English in Spain with Alan McDyre, President of ACEIA”

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”

Sponge Chats – Teaching, Teacher Training and Teacher well-being with Richard Brown

This blog post is part of the Sponge Chats video series. For the sixth Sponge Chat, I got to sit down with teacher, trainer, materials writer and owner of the website English for Positive Change, Richard Brown. Richard has worked in both the UK and Spain, and now works predominantly to better the working lives of languageContinue reading “Sponge Chats – Teaching, Teacher Training and Teacher well-being with Richard Brown”

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”