My talks at IATEFL2019 and BCTEAL19 aimed to move the discussion forward by first defining inclusive materials writing, then exemplifying two approaches to doing so appropriately: normalisation and disruption, terms I have not created, but adapted from Queer Pedagogy for an ELT materials-writing audience. In this post and a following one, I share these example materials.
I’m not sure if you’ve seen activity that’s risen up from a few calls-to-action at the Innovate ELT 2019 conference in Barcelona or not, categorised as “ELT Footprint”. It’s largely a group of ELT professionals together, concerned about the climate crisis, who share ways in which the ELT profession/industry can have an impact (positively or […]
One grammar point that comes up again and again in academic writing class is the misuse and overuse of dependent clauses. My students commonly include sentence fragments, forget dependent words i.e. relative pronouns, or attempt overly complex sentences with clause upon clause upon clause. While at higher levels, they know grammatical principles on how […]
I’ve wanted to use Serial in class since I first listened to it. But first.
A little background first
Every year, one curriculum assignment is a quasi-extensive reading book club with students (I say ‘quasi’ because of a few items I’ll get to in a minute). For reading, students typically […]
On the Friday evening of IATEFL not long ago, I led a Pecha Kucha session on this stage with the enormous screen. Initially when the crowd was arriving, it was nerve-wracking, but once I got on stage, it was pretty invigorating, I must admit.
Google docs works well to model the writing process with EAP students, who are navigating the expectations and mechanics of an undergrad research paper.
Suppose you’ve given an assignment to your students with the steps something like these:
Basic exploratory research Narrow focus and create research question(s). Research, organise and outline Annotate bibliography Draft paper & […]
Play video until 1:35. Stop.
Ask students what the video depicts.
Start over. Ask students to individually write down as many of the activities shown through the video as they can. For example,
Two people meet on a boat. They seem to get along since the guy laughs. A guy, Paul, writes his phone number […]
Everyday, we express our gratitude to various people in a multitude of everyday situations, sometimes sincerely, other times less so. As Canadian Thanksgiving is today (note the food items sprinkled throughout this post just to make you hungry), I wanted to thank those that affect my profession positively. But first, when thinking of […]
July 11 has a very special meaning for me. It’s a day with happy memories, but also more recently, nostalgia. With these feelings comes a curious language moment and more than likely a cousin to one of the PARSNIPs. More broadly, this post perhaps contains […]