Teaching is a Challenging Job!

Nina MK, Ph.D.

I teach EL teachers, conducting whole courses, workshops, seminars, taking part in various conferences. As the saying goes, children reflect the adults in their life; in the same way adults reflect the children they teach. There is a great difference in evaluating educators who attend a refresher course and students.

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Sailing in Uncharted Waters

I have been working at the same private language school for the past ten years. I was used to the teaching methodology used, I had mainly children aged 8-16 as students, I taught the same levels (A2-C2) each year, I knew the textbooks and I felt quite confident as a teacher since I practically did the same things every year. But this May everything changed when the new job offer by the owner for the coming year was completely unacceptable.

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Showcasing students’ production in Instagram

This link shows data from the US but it certainly reflects the current trend of preference in many other countries. https://www.surveymonkey.com/business/intelligence/most-popular-apps-2016/ As the class is a lab to equip students for real life, I understand that educational apps are good but we need to go beyond that.

Below I share my experience on using the app Instagram to encourage students to research, interact and share content.

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Successful teacher collaboration - Two teachers - Two roles - One class

Unfortunately, in the context where I work there is no mentoring or coaching system. In addition, there is little peer observation and therefore I have often found myself relying on the feedback given by the learners in their end of semester evaluations. Even these are limited in terms of actual useful feedback. The questionnaires are standardised and many of the questions are not applicable to the classes I teach. Of course, not having a mentoring or coaching system, and rarely being observed, has its advantages and disadvantages.

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The Trials and Tribulations of 2016

In October 2011, I boarded my first ever flight and headed off into the unknown to teach English as a foreign language in Russia. In July 2016 I packed my life back into two suitcases and returned to the UK. Although when I moved to Russia I encountered a fair amount of culture-shock, I'd anticipated this. Moving to a country you've never visited, don't speak the language, can't read the alphabet and have never even seen the money (in 2011 the Russian rouble was a closed currency, meaning that I wasn't able to buy it in the UK) was hardly going to be straightforward.

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Blog topics for November and December 2016

Some really interesting blog posts for our September and October, many thanks to all our bloggers for these and we hope you found them stimulating! To round off 2016 and look to the future, we have four different topics related to 21st century skills. 

As always, we'd love to get ideas from you about the topics you want to write about and feedback about the TeachingEnglish website. Please let us know what topics you're interested in by emailing us at teachingenglish@britishcouncil.org

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The advantages of Multilingualism

The advantages of Multilingualism in teaching English

Multilingualism is a social environment in which people speak more than one language. It is not uncommon to find multilingualism across the globe. There are only a few countries in the world which have monolingualism.

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