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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 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

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

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Jennifer has just created her own site.

My friends know that I'm a big fan of JenniferESL. Some have asked me why I like her work so much. They look at the kind of work I do and point out that she seems to represent an approach to learning English which is the opposite of mine.

I don't speak clearly and intelligently like she does. In fact I don't speak at all. The people I film do the talking for me. Whether they're intelligent or not, these people mumble sometimes and are often hard to understand.

Having created a brick-and-mortar language school for the companies in Provence, France 34 years ago, I learned early on that the very first step in classroom teaching for adults is to put them at ease and create a friendly atmosphere. Here in France, and in most parts of the world, the public education systems actually made, and sometimes still make students fear English instead of embracing it. This "environmental" aspect of the classroom is just as important as good teaching techniques and being well-prepared for every class.

What impresses me so much is that Jennifer does the same thing, but on the internet. That's a simple sentence, but the implications are ground-breaking. The first thing you notice about her online teaching videos is that she puts her students at ease. It's her persona and inner self. She does it naturally. She knows her subject inside and out, and that's one reason why she herself is relaxed.

This feeling permeates every video she has made and is one reason for her incredible success.

With clear purpose, excellent technique, work becomes recreation. Students learn and love learning.

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Mike,

Yep - second and third how important rapport is with adults... lots of other simple things (and those are the most difficult to do well ) but that's the biggee. To all those teachers out there who worry about it - it isn't a case of you have it or you don't. You can "become". Takes time and a knowledge, a getting to know yourself. That's the biggest gift teaching has given me - a coming to terms with who I am and an acceptance of that. Jennifer has that in bundles.

I'm not convinced that there is a need for so much grammar focus/attention. I would bet my last dollar that students learn more English from the process of her explaining and not the explanation itself. But on the other hand, it is good learners to have that option and we all have different ways of reaching that elusive goal of fluency. Her videos certainly help those self learners with quite a background in language but in need of structure (and I mean that not as in "order" but as in "synthetic" approach. ).

I'm still partial to Real English!

Thanks for letting us know. More options = more learning!

David

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