Teaching a language isn't as easy as it sounds - to do it well. Just showing up to a class and speaking (we call this modeling language) is only half the job. And that other half is an art form that one acquires over the years.
My own growth as a teacher has been on many levels: my beliefs as a teacher, my own classroom management skills, my knowledge of resources, my ability to design…Continue
A great quote should be like a “hammer to the head”, a bolt of lightning…Continue
I recently came across this great blog post about Six highly provocative quotes in ELT, from the 6 things blog.
I love a good aphorism and though these are all thought provoking, they somewhat lack the punch and umphapha that…
Yesterday, during a teacher training workshop, I was reminded of a theory I had about "great teachers". Long ago over many beers, in a pub in the Czech Republic, I outlined the idea that a great teacher was a "heretic", a kind of rebel with a…Continue
We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh. So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members. Here are the top 20 things that make our community special - by no means all of them!…Continue
We could also say "Without music, teaching would be a mistake!" Music just makes any teaching job, no matter how hard, enjoyable.
We also say, “Music makes the world go ‘round” but it also makes learning happen. Please…Continue
So happy to know that these simple ideas are being used in classrooms everywhere. That's what web 2.0 is all about.
I thought it would be great to list them all…Continue
EFL Classroom 2.0 has gone through so many changes over the last 7 years of its existence. But there have been some constants. Always updated. A deep quantity of resources. A personal touch. Inspiration. Unparalleled curation. Sharing.
Yet with such a wide and deep social network, the question constantly arises…Continue
Here are a few "search" tips and places you can immediately access to find what you want/need.
1. Use either the main page search bar at the top right of every page or…Continue
“Like your body, your mind also gets tired so refresh it by wise sayings.”
I think many of us get inspiration from sharp quotes that…Continue
Communicative Competence (CC) is the core of modern language learning theory. We learn language by actively, functionally using it and communicating our meaning so that others know what we mean. It is a very "deep" process which can be directed and guided through set conversation questions/prompts.
We have …Continue
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This weekend, I set eyes upon some glorious writing - Texts without Contexts by Michiko Kakutani. Thank god for fearless and perfecting critics such as her! Few really like her but I think she is brilliant with a capital B and in this latest piece, she reviews so much about…Continue
There has been some talk in ELT circles about "The Round", a new endeavor in the ELT self publishing field. I wish them all the best.
I'm all for this and have written extensivelyhow others may make/design/market/sell…Continue
We have a great community! Pioneering, always fresh. So much to help teachers. See these testimonials from members. Now that we are a paid community (very low cost), here is a little to encourage others to join or to help our thousands of current…Continue
This is Louis C.K. , a comedian expounding on how technology has changed everything but made nobody happier. Really funny and illuminating at the same time. I remember well those rotary dial phones and friends with zeros in their number!
This might be a good…
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
This "must watch" video (which I'll get to in a moment) comes at an opportune time for me. I've spent the summer in a bit of a cloud. You see, I've been struggling more and more with my own complicity in a system that I'm…
I've been busy making updates to my book of selected writings. Stay tuned.
It took a long time to edit but I wanted to do this because so much great content has gotten lost amid all the short posts, information tidbits, #1 posts etc.... It deserves the light of day, I think. But I'll let you be the final…
It really is a great surprise for me to be nominated as Member of the Month!
Thank you, thank you very much for your kind words and for this friendly atmosphere!…