Continuous Assessment

In the secondary school where I work, we are encouraged to assess our students frequently and periodically. This has several practical advantages; the more grades a student gets throughout the term, the more objective the final evaluation is likely to be. Also, if a student does not do very well in one test, she knows she will be given many other chances to improve her overall score.

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Sandy Millin: Reclaiming attention and exploiting smartphones

The mobile phone is a fact of life, and we need to accept that. If we rail against their use in the classroom, all that is likely to happen is our students will feel like we don’t really understand where they’re coming from, and we will harm the rapport we may have built up. Instead, we need to ask ourselves why our students are using them and turn this to our advantage.

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Sandy Millin: Exploring cultures in the classroom

A couple of years ago I was teaching an intermediate multilingual class with students from all over the world. Four of them were from Saudi Arabia, four from Brazil, and the others were from Czech Republic, Spain and Turkey. We spent 20 hours a week together, two in the morning and two in the afternoon every day. Normally when you teach a class like this in the UK there are new students every Monday, either changing levels or new to the school, and students leave every Friday, again to change levels or leaving the school completely.

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David Dodgson: More Than a Word - The Green Cross Code and Other Vocabulary Tips

I am currently taking the online component of the Trinity Dip TESOL course and our current focus is on Unit 1 ‘Language and Methodology’. As this week’s topic is lexis, it seemed only natural to contribute to this month’s vocabulary topic.

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April 2015 blog topics

Thank you to everyone who wrote blog posts in March - lots of very interesting ideas which you can catch up on here if you missed any.

This month we are at the 2015 IATEFL conference in Manchester, where we hope to see you in person or online! Our signature event at the conference is on 'Identifying and developing the skills and knowledge a teacher needs', and so our first blog topic for April invites you to explore some of your own thoughts on that theme.

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