Our topics for May and June focus on classroom ideas and managing the lesson.

We've had some great posts over the last couple of months. Several posts looked at helping students move onwards and upwards from the B2 'plateau', providing helpful advice and motivational tips for teachers and students. There were some insightful posts about cultural, economic and societal differences and our role in addressing the inequalities that can exist outside the classroom, by creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment. There were also a number of posts that dealt with the idea of our role as more than just language teachers, helping our learners with issues beyond the task of language learning. Finally, some of our posts gave some valuable and original insight into dealing with discipline problems in the classroom. Below is a curated list of (nearly) all the fantastic posts from the last two months:

Richard Fielden-Watkinson | Getting past the B2 Plateau

Alexei Kiselev | 5 ways to overcome the intermediate plateau

Coriina Keefe | Ideas for beating the B2 plateau

NinaMK | Breaking through the glass ceiling

Rachael Roberts | Motivating your students to go beyond the intermediate plateau

Zahra Zuhair | Beyond language

NinaMK | Students’ personal problems and teaching

Phil Wade | Mentoring student tutors

Emanuel Kontovas | Are we just ‘language’ teachers or are we teachers?

Anastasia Vaitsiakhovich | The golden mean rule

Corinna Keefe | 4 top tips for managing behaviour

Sajit M Mathews | Capitalising on the differences in ESL classrooms


Topics for May and June 2018

Topic 1

How do you start and round up lessons: do you have any routine icebreakers, warmers, fillers, lesson-end activities that you use all the time?

Topic 2

How much do you use L1 (the students' native language) in the classroom? Do you feel it can be useful at times to communicate in their language instead of in English? What are the benefits and drawbacks of doing this?

Topic 3

How do you effectively manage discussions and conversation classes? How do you ensure that every student in the class feels able to participate? What suggestions do you have for good discussion topics and ways of setting up, managing, monitoring and wrapping up a speaking task?

Topic 4

What suggestions do you have for games and activities that help students build and retain vocabulary? How do you focus on it in subsequent classes, and assess their knowledge and use of vocabulary?


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