This is an update on Vocaroo, a great audio service that I reviewed a year or more ago as it was going through "growing pains".
It now works great and allows teachers / students to record their voice in a simple fashion. Then download it in one fell swoop! The quality could be a little better but for a free service, it rocks. Just what learning needs, this kind of simple functionality. Here, try it yourself! Enjoy…Continue
I have been playing with story…Continue
In the new year, I'll be offering for download/purchase my coursebook - Teach / Learn. It is the result of over 20 years of teaching and testing and based on a methodology that I'm convinced works. Works for teachers - they can focus on student's needs and not lesson prep. Works for students - they produce the coursebook content and are motivated through peer/self interest.
The methodology I've outlined…Continue
Listening is one of the most overlooked skills, especially in the initial stages / levels of language learning. (see my blog post here about this and download the activities ebook).
Using authentic listening materials combined with the 5 Ws, really makes a great multi level approach. Best used with news reports and I especially like the old "Newsround" of BBC. (…Continue
One thing that I'm very convinced of, is the notion that us teachers are "motivators". It is our job to motivate our students, to lead our students towards becoming self directed learners, learning for themselves, intrinsically.
Learning a second language isn't easy. There is a lot that can get in the way. It isn't as automatic or sure as we'd suppose. Depending on the person, there can be some high barriers to learning another language.
I'm teaching a unit on this in a certificate course and thought I'd make my own list. (yes, could have flipped open my Gass and Selinker but then I wouldn't be learning anything, would I!?) I'd love it if you could read and add something I missed or tell us…Continue
Now back in Canada - I'm getting some time to just sit with a book and ponder. Mostly because it has now been one week of wicked weather - snowblinding and the banks are so high, you don't know where the yard ends and the house begins.
One benefit to this has been revisiting my "children", my books.…Continue
I wanted to name this post - "We need bad teachers" but thought that would get me off on a tangent. So I decided to voice it about those who might think they have "the authority" to decide who is or isn't a bad teacher.
It's cold here in Canada. I'm snowed in. Seems like the world is going to end. The good thing is that I live right next to an amazing library. Also, have begun collecting all my own thousands of books in various homes and storage lockers. Further, got all…Continue
Socrates said, "know thyself". Shakespeare, "to thine own self be true". I think both apply directly to any teacher that wants to be effective in their job and enjoy their work/self.
This is why I'm a big believer in reflective teaching practices. (see my own teaching philosophy HERE) But it is more than just thinking about what happened in the classroom - it is also about thinking about who you…Continue
The web offers a world of quality videos for our enjoyment and enlightenment. Captioned and subtitled videos, in particular, can be especially…Continue
If I could meet just one guy who I'd like to chat about the future and place of education in the world - it would be a toss up between Ivan Illich and John Taylor Gatto. Illich the intellectual, the piercing and challenging mind - Gatto, the more matter of fact, direct working guy. Today - I'd like to talk about Illich. I do believe that we are slowly, "deschooling". What we are doing online as bloggers, eteachers, sharers - is such. Illich in the sparkling podcasts below from…Continue
(from my public blog)
Last week I posted up my “Top Teacher Training related posts – titled, “On the shoulders of Regular Joe Teachers” and my…