Our topics for July and August 2018 look at the theme of managing resources.

In May and June, we asked for blog posts related to the theme of practical classroom ideas and classroom management, including the use of L1 in the classroom.

Some of the excellent posts written in response to the topics included thoughts on why routines are important. Several engaging posts looked at the issues around how and when to use L1 effectively to help language learning and there was one post which looked at factors connected to stress and how a small amount may be beneficial. There were a number of posts which gave practical ideas and activities for the classroom, including one with four fantastic activities to help students develop their vocabulary, another with three ideas to help students reflect on their learning and other great posts which looked at ideas to help students develop their speaking skills. A range of posts focused on the advantages of using games, both online and face-to-face, and another on general classroom management. You can see all the posts in our magazine section, but you can find a selection of some of them below. 

NinaMK | Routine is important

Larry Ferlazzo | Four games for vocabulary development

Rachael Roberts | A little bit of pressure does you good

Loli Iglesias | Using students' mother tongue in the English classroom: pros and cons

Phil Wade | Conversation classes and students

Alexei Kiselev | Let's play online!

Geraldine McIlwaine | All’s well that ends well: three activities to encourage reflection

jvl narasimha rao | Various ways of starting an English lesson 

Mangay | How do I format, organise and wrap up my speaking classes

Sulaiman Jenkins | A golden question: how much L1 should our learners use in class?


Topics for July and August 2018

Topic 1

World events - Do they have a place in the ELT classroom especially with younger learners? Even kids watch TV and know about big events but should we cover them in our classes? If so, to what degree and how?

Topic 2

What ICT tools or resources do you currently use in your classrooms and why? What are the pedagogical benefits of the tools you use and how do you evaluate their effectiveness as a learning resource?

Topic 3

Negotiating the syllabus with your learners and basing on your teaching on their needs can be a motivating way to encourage more meaningful learning. Have you ever done this with any of your classes? If so, how was it different? What do you see as the benefits of negotiating what your students learn with them?

Topic 4

Is a coursebook-driven, systematic grammar syllabus the best way to learn a language? What examples do you have of moving away from this way of teaching with your students? How effective is/would disregarding the coursebook be? What impact did/would this have on your learners?


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