Submitted by Paul Braddock on 18 June, 2012 - 14:02
Date: 26 April 2012
Theme: A series of short activities to help consolidate – challenge – and enhance language learning. Some of them are tried and tested and are old favourites to many of us and some are variations on a theme. I am a great believer that we as teachers should have a 'box of tricks' that we can call on to add variety pace and hopefully fun to lessons. So whether you are an old hand or just starting out come and join me in some practical classroom games and ideas.
Watch a recording: You can see a recording of the webinar here:
About the speaker: Simon is the teacher trainer for the British Council Turkey and joined the team in November 2011. He has worked all over the world including 3 years in Mauritius, 5 in Bahrain and 8 in Argentina. He gained his RSA Diploma in TEFL in 97 and has worked in EFL for nearly 18 years and has taught age ranges from 5 year olds through to adults. He is a CELTA tutor and has delivered sessions for CELTYL courses as well. He has worked closely in shaping and delivering courses for the Ministries of Education in both Bahrain and Mauritius and is looking forward to achieving the same degree of involvement here in Turkey.
'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.
Jeannette Littlemore, Fiona MacArthur, Alan Cienki and Joseph Holloway In recent years there has been a significant increase in the number of international students studying at British universities. This paper reports on a study of oral interactions between lecturers and international students studying at a British university and a Spanish one.
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.
Watch a recording of the webinar: You can watch a recording of the webinar by clicking the link below
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.
Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 22 May, 2012 - 12:12
The beginning of a meeting presents a major dilemma: is it better to get straight down to business, or is it important to allow or even encourage small talk? The texts in this lesson present arguments from opposing viewpoints, which may help students to question their own assumptions. The lesson goes on to introduce useful language for both small talk and getting down to business, with practice in the form of role-plays.
Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 15 May, 2012 - 12:44
When we think of negotiations, we tend to focus on the hard negotiating skills connected with bargaining. In fact, many professional negotiators will confirm that the most important skill is effective relationship building. If there is trust and understanding between the two parties, the negotiation will be much more successful, as will the long-term business relationship between them. In this lesson students start with a quiz which leads into a reading activity. Then they look at language in dialogues and finish with a role play.
Submitted by Sally Trowbridge on 15 May, 2012 - 12:26
For many people, the idea of walking into a room full of strangers and trying to socialise with them can be terrifying, especially if you have to use a foreign language. The barriers to ‘breaking the ice’ in a situation like this are just as much psychological as linguistic, which is why this lesson aims to get students thinking about the situation (through a quiz-based discussion and jigsaw reading) as much as speaking and practicing the skill of starting conversations with strangers.