• No, teachers expect more respect in valuing their skills. The problem is that teachers don't really like to be evaluated. There are a number of reasons why:1) They don't trust the testing systemHowever the evaluation is done, or whoever does the...
  • Learners are much better at giving each other accurate and sensitive feedback than we suspect, and this activity gives them the opportunity to demonstrate it.Divide the class into groups of three, composed of Student A, Student B and Student C. If...
  • The ‘Teaching Unplugged’ or ‘Dogme ELT’ movement has a very strong following amongst teachers.  In fact, the Dogme ELT discussion list, which was originally set up in March 2000 by Scott Thornbury to help bring this style of teaching to the fore,...
  • ConversationConversation is by nature unpredictable because spontaneous questions and real answers will send people off on tangents. Our learners will always come up against the following problems, which technology can help with: I want to say...
  • 1. Management factorsCLIL, like any other current educational reform, can be a victim of the whims of political parties and ministries of education and the time frames within which they work. Moving from teaching a national curriculum area in the...
  • Though this school is not a mainstream ‘regular’ school it very much follows the UK national curriculum. A number of the children go onto further education and the focus is on developing life skills for all whatever the learning challenge using a...
  • ‘I know I have children with special educational needs in my class, I want to help them and we are supposed to promote inclusion, but I really am not sure how to do this’Vera, primary teacher from Spain‘Some of the children in my class are really...
  • As teachers we know that good communication is vital for successful learning, so it is not surprising that this is a worry for English language teachers across the world. Communication skills help children to understand and explain the world around...
  • If the answer to one or all of the above is yes, then this article is definitely for you!For so many teachers the word “blind” may mean that the student sees nothing at all and as a result they may not make the effort to make the teaching...
  • At a recent teacher’s meeting, I asked colleagues how many had learners in their classes who seem to miss part or all of instructions. The response was unanimous; everyone had someone and the conversation soon included descriptions of particular...
  • The comments below highlight some of the problems for teachers when thinking about learners with SENs and assessment.'I think there is a learner in my class with SEN but I’m not sure, because I don’t know what I should be looking for and I don’t...
  • It is also usually the best way of covering all the lexical areas and grammar points in the course book or syllabus. All good and well. The problem is that PPP serves the teacher’s needs but it is debatable whether or not it fulfills the needs of...
  • What are digital literacies?An umbrella term for the media literacy skills and digital competences which appear in national curricula, digital literacies refer to our ability to effectively make use of the technologies at our disposal. We are not...
  • However, with the realisation that all learners are, to some extent, visual learners, the focus on process rather than product, and with increasing emphasis on developing organisational and thinking skills alongside language skills, visual tools...
  • These wishes reflect three ingredients which are vital for teaching and learning success.Developing positive self-esteemFor children to 'be happy' cannot not refer to spheres of their lives over which we have no control, such as what may go on at...
  • Two conversationsI wonder if, like me, you've ever heard a conversation like this in the staffroom:'What are you doing this week?' 'Unit 5.''Not Unit 5!''I know...'Or:'Who are you teaching?''My Upper Intermediates [sigh].''What’s wrong?''They just...
  • Unfortunately, it is common for teachers to be asked by their institution to teach young learners even though they don't have specific training. Those first lessons with the class, which are quite probably in a different institution to your regular...
  • By collecting information about what goes on in our classroom, and by analysing and evaluating this information, we identify and explore our own practices and underlying beliefs. This may then lead to changes and improvements in our teaching....
  • Before I start, let's get some terminology straight. I'm not talking about exams. We as a society need exams. Governments and large institutions couldn't function without exams. Governments can't deal with tiny sub-sets of people: individuality...
  • The right hand column was labelled "To Think About". And, even though you were just starting to learn how to teach,  you couldn't help noticing that the number of entries that your Teacher Trainer had made in the "To Think About" section had...

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