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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19. 76 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

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Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

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Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 16. 80 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

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The #1 ..... (teacher training course)

Number One** Not your ordinary endless list - just what's number 1. Just the BEST.

Teaching on the job

So maybe you don't think on the job training counts? Maybe that without training teachers will just be the blind, leading the blind? Well, there is a lot of evidence out there that points out that training may even hinder teacher development! Yes, it is true. For me, in English Language Teaching, (and for the most part, teaching in general) your time on the job counts BIG time.

I say this as a teacher trainer, one who really knows of the benefits of teacher training. I say this because all things being equal - I'd take a teacher with a year of teaching under their belt over a teacher with a year long teaching course under their belt.

In our business, it is character, will, disposition, effort, creativity and the ability to "think as the student" that count most. Not the paper and the pretense.

Oh yeah, you have so many selling so little. This course will make you teach like your hair is on fire! This course will make you effortlessly glide through your semester. This course will call up nirvana and you'll be praised by principals and parents. Poppycock! For the most part in ELT, snake oil salesman and quackery.

With the advent of web 2.0 and wide access to the internet - teachers can learn, share, talk, build ideas, grow through discussion online. It is and can be your BA/MA/Phd in ELT. There is no other more apt example than our free EFL Classroom 2.0. Search and find all kinds of information on any teaching component. Watch teachers teaching in their classrooms. Read articles.

But you say - what about practical experience? Well, let me say again to wit, "that's why the #1 teacher training course is "the deep end" and actually teaching". And god bless that. We DO need support and training but in the same vein, not at the expense of acknowledging that necessity is the mother of invention. The credo of the working ELTer.

* If this post interested you - you might like, "In praise of the Backpacking teacher"

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