Our blog topics for November and December 2017 look at new trends in ELT, using mobile devices, low-level students and learner diaries.

There were several interesting posts from our September and October topics on the theme of career and professional development. These included how to become a good Director of Studies, the challenges facing newly-qualified teachers and some tips for survival during your first year of teaching, the trials of planning lessons, how to take your teaching to a new level, and an insight into possible career paths. We also had advice on giving feedback on students' writing and tips for writing teaching material.

Richard Fielden-Watkinson: The DOS within

Beki Wilson: The trials of a newly-qualified teacher

NinaMK: The first year of ELT

Fiona Mauchline: Survival tips for your first year of teaching (and reminders for your thirtieth)

Rachael Roberts: Climbing above the teaching plateau

Phil Wade: The TEFL career path

Larry Ferlazzo: Four ways to give ELL students feedback on their writing

Katherine Bilsborough: Teachers as materials writers. Some considerations

Topics for November and December 2017

  1. New trends in ELT. Which new trends from the world of education or beyond do you think will spread or influence English language teaching and how?
  2. Phones off or phones on in class? Does your school operate a policy of banning mobile devices from the classroom or are you encouraged to use them as a classroom resource? How do you use them with your students for language learning, either in or outside of the classroom, and how do you ensure that there is a clear pedagogical benefit?
  3. Teaching very low level students. What are your top tips for teaching very low level learners? How do you help them develop their communicative competence and develop their skills?
  4. Language learner diaries - Do you use learner diaries with your students? How do you use them and how often? What are some of the benefits and disadvantages of using diaries with students?

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