Larry Ferlazzo: Why I became a teacher

During that period I spent most of my time working for a national organization called the Industrial Areas Foundation, founded by legendary organizer Saul Alinsky in the late 1930's. Local groups of religious congregations, labor unions and community groups would come together in different cities and contract with the IAF for training and staffing needs to help them build an organization to improve their neighborhoods and change the power dynamics of their cities.

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Katherine Bilsborough - Interaction patterns: why and how?

Variety: the spice of life

For me, the best lessons have a variety of interaction patterns. Learners might start off the lesson doing a mingling activity as a warmer. This would involve the whole class. Then they might spend time doing individual work, maybe reading a text or doing some exercises. Later in the lesson learners might work with a partner in a speaking activity, perhaps finishing off the lesson with group activity such as a team vocabulary game.

The 4 Cs

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Sandy Millin: Highlights from my teaching story

Becoming a teacher

I think I’ve always been a natural teacher. When I was at primary school, if the teacher was busy my classmates would ask me for help. I’d forgotten this until I met up with my primary school teacher again a few years ago and she told me. At secondary school, I used to annoy younger students in my tutor group by refusing to do their homework for them, instead asking them questions and making them figure it out by themselves.

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Why I became a Teacher

I was born in a clan called Jagatha which was famous for literacy scholarship in Sanskrit and Telugu literature. When I was a small kid, My grandfather’s brother, my father and my paternal uncle used to recite Telugu poems and Sanskrit slokas which might have made an impression on my mind.

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Write Your Book!

WRITE YOUR BOOK! Creative Activities with Young Learners.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
Writing is perhaps the most difficult skill we teach; creative writing seems to be an insurmountable obstacle, unless we start this activity really early.
• When can we start? Once the young learners build up their first sentence in English, we can begin to encourage them to put it on paper.
• What can YLE write about? We can help them structure the activity by suggesting a simple theme, and/or ask them to offer their own ideas (if any).

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August 2015 blog topics

Lots of interesting blog posts in July, so thank you to everyone for their contributions. Catch up on them all here.

This month, as many of us are enjoying a well-earned break, the choice of blog topics is up to you! We'll be back in September with specific topics, but for August, please feel free to write a blog entry about any ELT-related area that's of relevance or interest to you at the moment. We look forward to your thoughts - happy blogging!


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