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.
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.
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.
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Four things are essential for effective teaching learning process-methods, materials, teachers and assessment.
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.
There are countless skills, attitudes and approaches that might feature in a response to this question.
Here are three things that came to mind for me:
The word ‘teacher trainer’ brings to mind CELTA courses and Delta courses but there are plenty of things you can do before making that leap, which might perhaps help you make it more successfully:
The Magical Season
Nina MK, Ph.D.
They are mentioned at conferences, in articles, and are used as buzzwords when someone comes selling a new book or learning product. Early in my career it was ‘learner autonomy’. Later, it was ‘formative assessment’. Then, ‘digital natives and immigrants’ became the hot topic. Brain-based learning. CLIL. PBL. Blended learning. Gamification. They have all come and gone (and in some cases come back again) without a clear definition ever being given.