Values are given words and words are shared with the readers who try to get nearer to the values conveyed by the writer. Though I have taught Literature for more than two decades, I had never given importance to the fact how much others can benefit from my experience. Then came a prophet, Mr. Walter L Jones, and everything changed for me.
This has reference to Jane Willis' replies to my questions about task-based teaching.
Thank you very much for your responses to my previous set of questions. You ended your reply with the sentence: “I hope this is helpful - please post other ways you have got your learners' feedback on tasks!” Let me respond to you with a long reply.
The last few weeks I've been having a look at wikis and thinking about how I can use them both for teacher development purposes and also for students.
I'm in the process of preparing a course for teacher trainers in Morocco and I really wanted to look at how we could use these within the course (it will be a blended learning course run over the space of some months) to support the trainers and also I wanted to experiment witha couple of ideas I had for using them with students for collaborative writing.
This afternoon I will have my introduction to and first meeting with my first refugee ESL student, Abdi Abdi, a 40-year-old Somali man. Although Abdi has been in the country for 7 years, he has been unable to attend the ESL classes offered at Emily Griffith Opportunity School due to treatment for severe medical conditions, including cardiac and orthopedic surgery. He has had one in-home tutor to date. I will be his second. We will meet at least twice weekly. The volunteer coordinator will introduce us and we will assess his current fluency level.
“I teach English at an engineering college in Kerala (India). I’ve been asked by the college management to teach communication skills. I find it difficult to make all students speak; some students are always passive. It discourages me a lot. I don’t know whether the problem is with my approach or with my students. Please suggest some strategies that really work.”
I have received a number of similar queried from teachers ever since I started contributing the column ‘English Matters’ to a newspaper in India.