I've recently overhauled and improved our Basic TESOL Certificate Course. It is now on a whole new platform, much better presented and easy to use for all teachers - those looking for first certification or experienced teachers seeking…Continue
One of my goals this coming school year is to be more personal in my writing/blogging. I know I am guilty of sharing precious little about myself. I pontificate, philosophize, condemn, encourage but in that, I share little of "who I am". I don't want to be that kind of writer, blogger or secret sharer. So here…Continue
1. Materials Design Principles Webinar. Tues. Oct. 14. 8am EST.
Do you design your own materials, are you thinking about it? Well, you should and this webinar will discuss some basic considerations when designing print or online materials. Sign up…Continue
Here are some recent conversations of note with many comments and insights. Check them out! Lots of intelligent, insightful thoughts from educators around the world. Get the full prior archive of discusssions here.
(not a member of the group? Please join, just takes a…Continue
Getting students thinking and harnessing their own inner curiosity through question based instruction – is a great approach. Or also Project Based Instruction. The more we educators can harness the inner light and motivation of students, tap into their thirst to know - the more we'll succeed.
Sometimes like …Continue
I've always, my whole life long, had the sneaking suspicion that adults really didn't know much and were just as scared as us kids and as frightfully "groping". My suspicions were confirmed as I reached adulthood and realized that adults don't "know it all", nor possess some magical "togetherness".
1. Inspiring Quotes. A good quote can really "hit home". Here are…Continue
Technology has been used in education since the first teacher scratched a drawing on a rock face. What's interesting is how it has evolved and spread so that it is ubiquitous, in the background, taken for granted.
That's the point we need to reach - so the use of the technology doesn't interfere at…Continue
Here are a few things that might help you as you "get back at it".
Want to host your own ELT Blog Carnival? Find out more and sign up to host a monthly carnival…Continue
This is a must watch film. Mostly for the questions it will have us teachers asking ourselves about modern schooling and our role within it.
The film challenges and "derobes" the thing that we know as school. It asks us - "Isn't there a better way?"
Grab a drink, turn it on and begin to think, question, examine, simplify .....
Download the Discussion Guide…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
A great quote should be like a “hammer to the head”, a bolt of lightning…Continue
Our community is 100% free. Browse and download files, get inspired, learn so much more about our profession. Store photos, make a profile, start groups and even send your students to study here on our many pages of content.
However, we do have a resource library that instantly gives all teachers, everything at their fingertips. EVERYTHING you need to teach well - guaranteed. All at a low…Continue
1. 42nd ELT Blog Carnival
Got a blog? Send in an entry on the topic of "Back To School". New or old, something that can help…Continue
Post any and all entries HERE
We are also looking for future hosts of the Carnival for the coming year. Find out more and sign up to host a monthly carnival …Continue
I've been pleased as punch by the feedback for this reflective journal. It will be mentioned and highlighted in several publications this fall as well as the hardcover book for purchase, being used in several training programs. If you do use as a hardcover book in a teaching program or wish…Continue
Two way tasks are the staple activity of the communicative approach. Also known as an "information gap" activity, they force students to communicate with each other in order to retrieve information to complete a…Continue
I threw this together pretty quickly (will remake better when I get time) but was reminded about it when thinking about how important "all in" is when learning. How important it is to shut off our conscious mind and let things in.
When learning, we learn more if we don't try, don't have our conscious mindkeeper on. (see this article). Same goes for teaching, we are better teachers when we…Continue
I've always been one to caution teachers about bringing up / raising / planning for controversial issues in the language classroom. In most classrooms it just isn't our job or also worth the risk. We aren't trained counselors and we will never know when the opinions/ideas of these topics will cause harm to students. And a…Continue
1. Host An ELT Blog Carnival. A call for all bloggers out there to host a blog carnival this year! Read how and find out about the next one scheduled …Continue