The Misfits- A class to remember

When I first started teaching I was under the fairy-tale like impression that if I did my best I would magically make all my students love English and couldn't imagine why anyone would start learning this fascinating language without wanting to. In other words, I was projecting my own feelings onto my students' reality. Until the day I was told I would have to teach the class of "The Misfits".

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Feedback and Error Correction – Is It Your Job?

Error correction performed by the teacher followed by a feedback is a usual part of most traditional and even non-traditional school approaches. However, if we think about it, our ultimate goal is to teach the students how to become independent learners and be able to check their own work. Lack of awareness about the necessity of doing this has become one of my teaching challenges.

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"Methodology based" Vs, "go with the flow" teacher

" so how can I plan this lesson using the TBL approach" Said Ms.Y
" easy, pre-task, task, report, analyze and maybe add a practice at the end just to test the students" Said me
"God, I never know the name of the approach I am using.I just teach the what and how I see right"said Ms.Z

That conversation took place yesterday where I and other 30 qualified teachers holding the Cambridge TKT 2014.

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20% time! - An attempt to empower learners to be more creative and innovative

Probably one of most well-known management philosophies in recent years has been Google's "20% time". Over 10 years ago, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin mentioned the idea in their 2004 IPO letter: They stated, “We encourage our employees, in addition to their regular projects, to spend 20% of their time working on what they think will most benefit Google," They continued, "This empowers them to be more creative and innovative.

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Challenging Words

“Hitler was right”

“Gay is wrong – my religion says so”

“Oh no - refugees again! – all refugees are Muslims and all Muslims are terrorists”

I hear you screaming at this blog already – and no, of course I don’t agree with these quotes – but they are examples of real utterances by real learners in some of my classes.

I’ve been lucky to have taught mainly adults who want to learn, so have had very few problems with challenging behaviour. However, there have been several times when I’ve felt the need to challenge things learners have said in class.

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What are some of the best or most effective ways you've found of giving feedback to your students or doing error correction?

I feel the idea of feedback during error correction a loaded answer, as it is always different for the students you are teaching and where you are teaching. For example, in one country I taught, as the teacher, you were expected to give feedback. However, when I worked in another country, it was more of a collaborative effort and no one wanted to be told they were wrong by a teacher. Some students react differently to teacher-feedback - some need it, some hate it.

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More than a thousand participants used English as their main working language; and everybody spoke the same language in more ways than one. In between and after the sessions one could see spontaneously formed groups of researchers animatedly discussing various problems in their own mother-tongue(s) too. I listened to a group of young scientists from Germany, Czech Republic, the USA, the UK and France talk about their post-doctorate courses in France. Their concerns and hopes are similar to anybody else’s.

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Ask Answer Add - A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation

Ask Answer Add - A Speaking Activity to Help Learners Maintain a Natural Conversation

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Katherine Bilsborough - From teacher to materials writer

Lots of authors have their first experience of developing materials when they create things for their own classes, either through necessity or because they want to personalise or substitute a course book they are using.

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Rachael Roberts - A favourite speaking activity

First, think of a set of 10-12 questions that you don’t mind answering about yourself and your life and write the answers on the board (not the questions). The questions will depend on the level and how well the students already know you.

For example, some lower level questions might be:

  • Where do you live?
  • How many children do you have?
  • What countries have you visited?
  • What is your favourite food?
  • What are your hobbies?

Some higher level questions:

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