After ten years as a teacher, I was going to start teaching groups of teenagers for the first time. Up to this point, I had only taught adults, with a few teens in amongst the older students, but now I would have groups of exclusively teens in classes of around 15. Luckily for me I have good friends so they gave me loads of great advice (which you can read here on my blog).
But if you’ve been to an ELT conference recently then you’ve probably heard the phrase used in numerous talks and you might be convinced that this is the next big thing in education. Or you might also be wondering what all the fuss is about.
Here's the basic version:
- Comprehension questions
- New and useful vocabulary
- Follow up activity
In a bit more detail, it goes like this:
"While much is written about integrating technology into the classroom, large parts of the world still do not have reliable internet connections, or no internet connection at all in their schools and classrooms. In which low or no-tech contexts would technology add value or further learning/language aims? How might it be integrated into learning and the classroom?"
I’ll go to great expense and effort, and give up a lot of my time to go to one. And as I write this, it’s just ten days to go until the annual BELTA Day in Brussels, Belgium, a conference which I organize the rest of the BELTA team.