Teaching has traditionally been a relatively lonely profession. A situation which is heightened when teachers find themselves living and working in a foreign culture. In the case of Assistant Language Teachers on the JET Programme, many are relatively new to teaching and EFL. Consequently, ALTs tend to run into problems which are not only cultural but pedagogical as well. In order for teachers to develop professionally and adjust to life in Japan, it is paramount that they reflect on their…Continue
I've occasionally posted motivational videos to help learners.Continue
But been thinking about language as it relates to what we teachers do - teaching it. I think teachers both need to be aware of the issues surrounding the teaching aspect of their profession but at the same time, the…Continue
Teachers for a long time here have used commercials to teach English. See all the previous…Continue
The Paperbag Princess is a story is a classic and though an authentic material - is also perfect for English language learners. It has emotion, strong context and repetition which all help students understand the story and learn at the same time.
We have the whole story in video and also see the…Continue
The one thing I have always wished about school - that it was a marketplace of ideas/learning where all in the community could come and go as they please. A doors open, windows blowing fresh air through policy.
This is far from how it works. Going to school is mandatory for students, a criminal sentence. Many or most parents have to book an appointment to go to their child's classroom. Invite guests into your classroom? Be prepared for reams of paperwork and forms to be approved.…Continue
Storyboards are an excellent resource that allows students to creatively produce language.
They can either be drawn by students (see the template) and then the students tell the story. Or, they can be predone and students use to tell the story or write out the…Continue
I was a big trivia buff when growing up. Captain of our high school "Reach for the Top" team and proud of it. Avid Jeopardy watcher. All part of being curious about the world I guess. And I think most students are too and it is great to learn "something" while learning language.
We have some…Continue
We just held our first webinar in the weekly Teacher Talk series. Here is the recording about Using Video and Students Practicing speaking online. PPTs here. Next webinar Oct. 10th, 10am - Using Authentic…Continue