Today on Twitter, I noticed another chat hashtag #edhire, thanks to Lisa Dabbs (@teachingwithsoul), which from what I initially gathered is a chance for teachers to discuss tips for gaining employment within the K-12 system. This gave me an idea and I’d […]
It’s the Christmas…/cough/…holiday season and with it come the wish lists full of toys, games, clothes and gadgets. Although many of the gifts under this tree contain those things, none of them contain the more abstract wishes I have for English language teachers everywhere.
Fiona Mauchline wrote a post on Henrick Oprea’s blog that ended with two small challenges, the latter of which has had me doing some thinking. What ideas, people and events have influenced the way I approach ELT? Do I associate outside influences with my […]
Many times over the years I have tried to find out about conferences and other TESL-related events available throughout the world in case I could find the opportunity to attend beyond my local events. This has involved me looking through the various well-known organisations, like TESL Canada, TESOL and IATEFL. These sites, through informative, tend […]
I presented at the semi-annual Virtual Round Table Conference for the first time on Soundcloud and thanks to a smooth experience with the technology (after the session began) and an enthusiastic (and supportive) set of attendees, I’m confident I’ll do it again. The more I attend and especially […]
How thorough are your lesson plans? Cecilia Lemos, a colleague in Recife, Brazil, recently asked for teachers to open up about their lesson planning style, format and the evolution of both. At first, I chose not to write anything, not because I didn’t want to share, but more because I felt […]
As a follow up to the last post, A record of classroom events, I’ve reflected on the questions I posited with regards to how things transpired in that EAP Writing class:
What is the classroom culture here?
There are two main objectives I aim for in this context: […]
Last November, long before I began the #tesl365 project, Adam Simpson (@yearinthelifeof) blogged his twitter challenge, “Ten people I follow on twitter and why“, which aims to do the same basic thing: appreciate others. Since then, a few other lists have popped […]
In my last post, Vocabulary Profiles & Memorisation, I discussed the importance of addressing the aspects of vocabulary, beyond the mere ‘open dictionary – memorise the first definition you see’ approach students (and teachers) often limit themselves to. I introduced the Vocabulary Profile and Vocabulary Memorisation Techniques activities […]
Reading through the blogs this week, I came across Emma Harrod’s “Two Week Vocabulary Blogging Challenge“. It and a couple of responses by Cecilia Coelho (“I Propose a Vocabulary Bank“) and Vicky Loras (“Word of the Week“) inspired some contemplation on […]