Blog topics for May and June 2016

April saw over 45,000 people from over 200 countries reading the blog posts written by you, which is hugely impressive! 

Our four new topics for May and June look at the theme of Managing resources. Choosing engaging resources that go beyond the coursebook (if you use one), that meet the students' needs and help them to personalise their learning experience is sometimes a difficult process. We'd love to read your ideas about how you select the resources you use.

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Using podcasts to develop listening skills

They are an excellent way to work on your, or your students’, listening skills, as you can listen to them as many times as you want to. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also manipulate files so that they are faster or slower, or so that you are only listening to an excerpt of the whole programme.

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Blog topics for March/April 2016

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The blog topics for March/April are below:

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Chia Suan Chong - Reflecting on teaching

But deeper understanding can only occur with the ability to reflect: to review, to notice, and to think carefully about what had taken place.

This is true for our students and is certainly true for us teachers looking to improve our practice.

But how can we become more reflective teachers?

1. Formal Observations

Many schools have a Director of Studies observing a teacher when they are newly employed, and subsequently, once every 6 months or more. Such observations often have an evaluative function.


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Rachael Roberts - Motivation

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!

Average: 3.1 (10 votes)

Blog topics for November 2015

Hi everyone

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. 

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Shaking up the grammar class!

Uttering this innocuous-looking sentence is all it takes to turn a class of highly active and enthusiastic students to a group of yawning, mind-wandering kids.There are very few students who get super excited when grammar-teaching time comes along and even fewer who see any reason in doing grammar at all. Grammar is often associated with lists of rules, countless abstract examples and lots of written practice. I truly believe though that there are some very easy and practical steps we can all take to make the presentation and practice of grammar more tangible and fun!

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Supplementary resource - Virtual Reality in the EFL Class

The inspiration to believe that inserting VR in my EFL classes was feasible came from watching this video:

Cardboard + lenses = accessible VR
This is possible because of Google Cardboard Box. More info here

I got fascinated by the possibilities shown :

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