Submitted by TE Editor on 8 February, 2010 - 07:25
Coursebooks and supplementary materials use a lot of grammar terminology but I try to be cautious about what I use in the class. For example, my learners get confused by the ‘present simple’ which doesn’t just refer to the present.
Some terminology just doesn’t tell my learners anything, such as ‘a type 4 phrasal verb’ or ‘the infinitive’. Some terminology is just over-complicated, such as ‘past perfect passive’.
Submitted by Anonymous on 3 February, 2010 - 12:48
Asking questions is a natural feature of communication, but also one of the most important tools which teachers have at their disposal. Questioning is crucial to the way teachers manage the class, engage students with content, encourage participation and increase understanding.
Typically, teachers ask between 300-400 questions per day, however the quality and value of questions varies.
Submitted by Duncan M on 26 November, 2009 - 08:40
The term feedback can apply to a number of classroom situations and procedures, but here it refers to a range of techniques employed by the teacher to facilitate responses from the students to an exercise or task.
Inevitably, teachers feel that the whole class needs and deserves to know the correct answer or response to a question, and students expect to be told whether their answers are right or wrong, but