CPD Essential and Compulsory

CPD in my career has been a constant whether this be in teaching or in management. To me is essential to keep things new and fresh in the classroom and equally important, in my career path.
I have been teaching now since 1996 and have tried to develop throughout my teaching career in various ways. This has been quite formal in the form of recognised certificates. I first completed a CELTA in and then went on to a Trinity Diploma and then Masters in TESOL.
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September blog topics 2014

Hi everyone

Welcome back if you've been on vacation! We hope you've had a relaxing and restful time if you have or, if you're in a part of the world where August is a working month, we hope you haven't been working too hard.

For September, there are four new topics for you to write about, two of which are connected with the start of a new school year and two of which are more general. 

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Dave Dodgson: Filtered and distilled - the first lesson

Starting this academic year in a new teaching role at a new school gave me plenty of time to stop and consider that opening ‘get to know you’ lesson. Every since I first started teaching the idea has been more or less the same – I introduce myself and spend some time passing on information about myself and then I get my students to do the same in a similar manner. The manner of achieving this, of course, changed several times over the years and that is what I want to explore in this post.

First lesson, first mistake

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Dave Dodgson: Challenging challenges

Throughout my teaching career, I have always enjoyed a challenge – I think every ‘career teacher’ does! – and there have been many: the intensity of my Trinity Cert TESOL course, that first lesson, teaching beginners/advanced/kids for the first time, getting up to speed with technological possibilities for the classroom, doing an MA, presenting at a conference… the list goes on.

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Katherine Bilsborough - Building confidence through praise

As with most good teaching practice, using activities to promote a student's confidence is a simple matter of common sense. Confident students make the best language learners. By creating a classroom in which your students have the confidence to learn, to speak, to make mistakes and ask questions – you are providing them with an environment in which to flourish.

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George Chilton - New Business, New Country, New Challenge

If I were to describe my 2014 so far, in one word, it would be challenging. I’d even go as far as to say that it’s my most challenging year yet. I feel this blog post may be somewhat therapeutic for me.

Back in March of this year, I moved to Medellín, Colombia. My Colombian fiancée had found herself an interesting job, and we thought it would be nice to have a change of scene.

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Lizzie Pinard - First class advice

First classes. Continuing with the new academic year theme, we want to know what activities you've used or are planning to use in your first few classes. Getting to know your students and their abilities, needs and personalities is an important part of a new course. How are you going to make sure these first few classes are effective?

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Ceri Jones - Three things for a first class

For a few years now I've been experimenting with sharing lesson summaries with my classes and here I'd like to share a summary from a typical first class. This was an intermediate class of adult students at a private language school in Cádiz. I've changed the names, but nothing else!

Going into a first class, from a selfish, teacher-centred point of view, I have three main objectives (apart from gauging the level and confidence of the students).

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Build confidence through leadership

Helping a student to advance in their language learning activities normally depends upon how confident they are in actually using the skills that they are learning. Children at school and college tend to build their own self esteem and confidence levels through academic achievements, which most will take with them into the workplace. As we get older however, learning new skills such as languages becomes harder to achieve and this can knock an older, or adult student’s confidence.

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Larissa Albano: Introductions - a video challenge

An introduction… challenge for young adults

Are you one of those people who accepted the ice bucket challenge in the summer? Had you been nominated but you didn’t dare to pour a bucket of ice water on your head?

For those of you unaware of what the ice bucket challenge is, below is a summary

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