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The blog topics for March/April are below:
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.
To start 2017, we have four new blog topics around the broad theme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Our new topics include a focus on action research, mentoring, looking back at challenges from the last 12 months and teaching in difficult circumstances.
This is thanks to all of your blog posts throughout May and June this year. Last month, over 65,000 people read your blog posts!
Our four new topics for July and August 2016 look at the theme of 'managing the lesson' and ask you to think about some of the approaches you use when teaching, giving feedback, challenging students and thinking about effective classroom management
We are changing the format of the blog topics slightly. Instead of monthly topics, there will be bi-monthly topics so you get two months instead of one to submit your blog posts.
Below are the topics for January and February 2016:
A single topic for this month though... 'Motivation'. It's a broad one and could focus either on your own motivation or the motivation of your students. A couple of suggestions below:
We had some fantastic posts in September and it was great to see so many of you sharing your stories about how and why you became teachers.
- Teacher and career development - World Teachers' Day is celebrated every year on October 5th. To celebrate this event, we would like to know your feelings about being a teacher. What inspired you to become a teacher in the first place? What are those moments that happen which make it feel like a worthwhile profession? How have you evolved in your career since becoming a teacher?
A number of studies suggest that correction - either through prompts that point out the error to a student and require an immediate attempt at a "repair" or through "recasts" when teachers rephrase correctly what the student said - can be a useful tool to assist language acquisition.
Very often, this happens because what is on the page doesn’t match what the learners want or need, or because what is on the page doesn’t fit with our beliefs as teachers.
There are a number of areas that can cause us problems:
- Mis-matched methods
- Language content / selection
- Topic areas
- Balance of skills
- The sequence and scope of language items
- The cultural context
- Visual appeal
(adapted from Cunningsworth, 1995, p.136)