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  • Although I’d just accepted that the line was straight from the mouth of the Buddha himself, my teacher, the poet Cid Corman, taught me the truth, and did it with little more than a wave of his hand, a gentle laugh, an ear-to-ear grin, and another...
  • Coursebooks – a word that has divided the ELT world for quite a while. There are those who use them and feel secure using them, and there are those who do not and feel more confident producing their own materials, or using other types of resources....
  • The first of these, Mrs. Harwood, exploded into our school lives when I was fourteen and took over the teaching of French and Spanish at Ralph Gardner school in North Shields, where I was studying. Language classes before her arrival had been dull...
  • I was 14 and studying at Raffles Girls Secondary School in Singapore. Our English Literature teacher had gone on maternity leave, and Mr Gregory had come to take her place for three months.It was also around this time that the film 'Dead Poets...
  • I wrote down a couple of names but then I realized my teaching persona has been shaped by teachers of other subjects as well. No matter what they teach, their role is crucial because teachers lead students through the arduous journey of learning....
  • As a YL teacher, I think we tend to neglect the communicative needs of our kids. Coursebooks tend to assume a lot about Young Learners, but quite often I find that the language and topics covered in coursebooks do not meet the communicative needs of...
  • Coursebook is a promise.Many times I’ve heard teachers say “Look! These new coursebooks are so good. I don’t understand why our students are not thrilled to open them, marvel at colourful pictures on these glossy pages, soak up every task and...
  • Greetings. I'm proud of writing mine for the title which is for this month. I'd like mention here handling course book with students. The principal course book should be in teacher's mind instead of having it in hand while begining class. Even...
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  • I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Language learning has long been dependent on the coursebook. And coursebooks have been the recipients of both praise and criticism. We probably need to look at the coursebook from a different perspective.When the coursebook becomes the syllabus, we...
  • How do you feel about using coursebooks? What a loaded question, especially to someone that writes them…Actually, I don’t think coursebooks are the answer to everything [except the ones I’ve written of course ;) ]I don’t particularly like the fact...
  • This is not the first time I’ve discussed or reflected on the use of course books in the classroom, neither, I’m sure, will it be the last. While in my first post-CELTA job, I initiated an #ELTchat discussion entitled “How to avoid death by course...
  • I had one such teacher who taught us to value education. Always animated and willing to try out new things, she firmly believed in the concept of group learning. Her innovative tasks for class groups helped me to over come my shyness and participate...
  • It’s mid-term exam and reports time at the school I’m working with in Cádiz at the moment. The school has a no-coursebook, negotiated-syllabus policy for their adult classes and teachers write exams for their individual classes. Collaboration is...
  • To Test or Not to Test? That is the Question.As I write this, a group of young people is sitting before me, heads bent towards their desks. Some are already rubbing their heads, there is some pen chewing going on and one young man is staring out...
  • Instead, I’ll tell you about a few of them, and what I’ve learnt from each of them.Barbara PickeringMiss Pickering was my maths teacher in my second year of junior school, then my class teacher in my fourth year. She always pushed me to achieve as...
  • Maybe it was someone from when you were at school, or maybe someone you work with currently. How have they shaped what you do in the classroom? What techniques or values do you employ that are the result of what you learned from this person?One of...
  • Working in a Young Learner Centre and being a techie teacher (we have IWBs and a computer room) means that online safety for my learners is very important. I tell my learners about my acronym N.A.I.L., which stands forNameAgeInterestsLocationsAs I...
  • Assessing our English Language Learner students can be a minefield, especially in the face of potential outside-of-class pressures from administrators, school and district mandates and, in some cases, parent pressure.What assessment practices can we...
  • These days every school has computers and access to the internet, which is a double-edged sword. A learner may access the best blog on “ how to write effectively in English” or the worst blog on “how to date with many boys/girls”.Young learners are...
  • Evaluating your learners progress is a continuous process. It is a given. If a good pupil’s grades slip, if a weak child’s results suddenly become spectacular, if the whole class does not produce the expected outcome, we should react at once. Our...