David Petrie: On reflection

My schedule is such that on teaching days I feel as though I rush from my house to the teachers’ room and from there to the classroom and from there back home in the evening. I sometimes feel as though I barely have time for getting through all the marking, let alone for reflecting on my teaching.

Average: 4.3 (3 votes)

Jumping through hoops?

My experience of being observed was almost entirely positive. The feedback I’d received on CELTA, DELTA and on in-house observations, or observations for British Council accreditation had always been helpful and encouraging, as, I hoped, had been the observations I’d carried out both as a manager and as a teacher trainer.

Average: 5 (3 votes)

Realia in EL Teaching

Nina Mk, Ph.D.

Realia in education means real-life facts and material used in teaching. Visual aids play a huge role at any age and level. When we show a picture of an object or phenomenon, bring in a toy or a souvenir into class, share a fascinating news item with our students, it helps them remember the new vocabulary and the topic itself better.

Average: 2 (1 vote)

Latest blog topics for January and February

We are changing the format of the blog topics slightly. Instead of monthly topics, there will be bi-monthly topics so you get two months instead of one to submit your blog posts.

Below are the topics for January and February 2016:

Average: 2 (1 vote)

Brain-Based Approaches to ELT

Nina MK, Ph.D.

When I saw the title of an upcoming city methodological seminar, I could not resist it. I mean, aren’t ALL approaches to ELT brain based? Can we even think of teaching without using the brain? And whose brain is actually meant, the teacher’s, the student’s or both? So I bundled up and braved the Siberian frost, all in order to attend this seminar, to listen to my colleagues and to take part in various discussions.

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Gamifying the reading

Let’s understand realia within this context as: real-world articles from the internet, taken from websites.

Even though the availability of articles is huge, the main challenge to most students is the motivation to get started and go through a serie of tasks that usually follow the reading.

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)


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