Ideas to bring soft skills into the English classroom

Nowadays, in Education, there is a tendency to highlight the relevance of non-cognitive competences, also known as soft skills. Don't be confused, this is not an innovative idea, non-cognitive competences have always been there but now, they have a cool, brand new name. Soft skills is a term used in the corporate world that has firmly landed in the educational field.

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Powtoon: introducing cartoon videos in the classroom

Powtoon is a free, easy and intuitive digital tool with incredible possibilities. I use it frequently with my trainee English teachers at University. I find it is beneficial for developing their digital skills and, at the same time, for discovering new tools that they can use in their classes.

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Using the free digital tool Flipgrid: an incredible experience

I have my own YouTube channel containing more than sixty videos, in Spanish, about free digital tools for teachers, a kind of digital tools for dummies.

However, of all those resources, there is one that stands out among the rest, that is Flipgrid, and I can tell you that I don´t have any kind of commercial interest in saying so. As I told you, I just use the free version.

Let´s try to define this wonderful tool: Flipgrid is a free collaborative platform for video sharing in a private context.

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Blank page syndrome: the mental block on creative writing

Posted by Ingrid Mosquera Gende

People nowadays don´t write as before, the whole idea of writing has changed. We have to find new ways to motivate our students towards writing. And it is not an easy task.

Most of our students find it hard to write, even in their mother tongue. The task acquires incredible proportions if we ask them to do it in English. Many of them will write in their mother tongue first and then translate it: a decision that always results in a disastrous Spanglish text.

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Managing differentiated learning in traditional language skills activities

All students are different from each other. We are all different from each other: different personalities, different tastes, different hobbies, different backgrounds, different dreams or different learning styles.

However, when we enter our classroom, we tend to bring one size fits all activities with us. Therefore, it will be difficult to reach all our students, either from a motivational or from a language level perspective.

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Don't forget why you became a teacher in the first place

Sometimes teaching is tough.

Sometimes you don't feel like getting up and going back again.

Sometimes you think it doesn't make sense.

Sometimes you feel as if no one cares, as if nobody appreciates your work, your effort, your extra hours of dedication.

Sometimes you are drowning in piles of exams and bureaucratic paperwork.

Sometimes you are so stressed that you are completely blocked.

Sometimes.

Some days.

Some moments.

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