I recently started to brush up my German. I last studied German many years ago at school and I can’t say that it was a great success. In fact, I failed the exam and had to retake it. Hardly surprising, as I seem to remember spending a good portion of the exam time writing out David Bowie lyrics!
Apologies for the late posting of this month's blog topics! Here they are.
Promoting 21st Century Skills is one of the professional practices in the British Council’s new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) framework. But what exactly are 21st Century skills and are they the same as digital literacies?
In two recent articles written by Gavin Dudeney, he explores the four key digital literacies: focus on connections, on language, on information and on (re)design. He also looks at the distinction between these and 21st century skills.
BRAIN-BASED APPROACHES TO ELT.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
When I saw the title of an upcoming city methodological seminar, I could not resist it. I mean, aren’t ALL approaches to ELT brain based? Can we even think of teaching without using the brain? And whose brain is actually meant, the teacher’s, the student’s or both? So I bundled up and braved the Siberian frost, all in order to attend this seminar, to listen to my colleagues and to take part in various discussions.
Let’s understand realia within this context as: real-world articles from the internet, taken from websites.
Even though the availability of articles is huge, the main challenge to most students is the motivation to get started and go through a serie of tasks that usually follow the reading.
SPEAK TO ME!
Nina MK, Ph.D.
Being motivated and staying motivated is difficult. Now that we're in the new year and back to work, I'm finding that I have endless energy and bags of enthusiasm, which is in stark contrast to the holiday mode of the end of last year when I struggled to even think about putting pen to paper, let alone deal with pesky students. Amazing the difference a few weeks make.
The last few days of the year are always a time for reflection and an opportunity to appreciate those moments that have helped us grow and - hopefully- become better inidividuals. For the last post of the year, I decided to look back on all those moments that have encouraged me to keep going and reminded me of the beauty of teaching. Instead of sharing the moments themselves, I would like to focus more on the lessons learned through them.
That is, I guess, ‘my area’ – I’ve been writing on it, working on it and reflecting on it for well over a decade and recently even studying the neuroscience of it. But I’m not an expert, because at the theoretical level it’s as simple as the ice crystals it takes to make a snowflake (ironic tone on ‘simple’). But on another level, it’s only as complex as making bread sauce (which is incredibly easy – see below).
THE MOTIVATION CHALLENGE.
Nina MK, Ph.D.