'Teaching reading' is a subject at the very heart of learning. What steps can we take to make students more confident readers? And how can we find a variety of materials - or 'texts' - for our students to read?
Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a coursebook can sometimes be difficult for a new or even experienced teacher.
Is our evaluation of teachers any better than our evaluation of learners? Of course, the first thing to say is that no teacher would ever agree to be evaluated in the same way as they evaluate their learners. Every school has in place some form of teacher assessment, but few, if any, are based on a true/false or multiple-choice test the Head produced last night before they went to bed.
Theme: Every teacher - and every learner - can probably recognise a great lesson when they experience one, but what exactly are the qualities that, when added up, make an everyday experience into an extraordinary one? Taking this further, can teachers do anything deliberate to make GREAT lessons, or are they simply a matter of luck? Anthony will suggest five characteristics of GREAT lessons that he thinks are not only central to lesson success, but are also things that teachers can develop with some simple strategies that he hopes to share.
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About the speaker: Anthony Gaughan has been involved in English teaching for over 17 years in the UK and Germany. A state-qualified teacher in the UK, he is currently Head of CELTA training at the Hamburg school of English, where he is busy with an ongoing experiment to unplug initial teacher education by applying Dogme ELT principles to the CELTA.
Visual representations of information are by no means an innovation in education. The use of graphs and charts to represent statistical information and time-lines showing the sequence of historical events have long been accepted tools, while in language teaching, the mind map is already a common aid to brainstorming a topic.
This programme's topic is 'introducing new language' - introducing a grammar structure, a new tense or some vocabulary that the students haven’t been taught before. When we teach, we might do it in three stages: first we present, then we get our students to practise, and then to use the new language confidently and accurately. This is of course just one approach to introducing new language, but it’s one that many teachers find is a useful framework.