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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…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

Favorite Movie about Teaching?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Apr 23, 2018. 88 Replies

I'd like to compile a list of movies…Continue

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Follow your nose...


It's Sunday a day of repose. Re - Pose.  Re Position.

If there is one thing in my life I've done well - it is to "dance to the beat of my own drummer" a la Thoreau or that other great quote of Blake's, "No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings".

It's something I've insisted upon as a teacher and more so as a teacher trainer. We are all to create our own methodology and best practices. Not that we ignore the advice of others but that we use it and smudge it to form our own teaching collage.

English language teaching and too our commercial driven lives,  is full of "the new, best thing".  Do not be entranced by snake oil salesman. Do not offer blind allegiance to anyone. Be they a Nunan (tasks), Krashen (input), Thornbury/Meddings (Dogme) or a whole flock of others.   These are only "ideas" and we know so little about second language acquisition that we'd be so wrong to bet "All In !".  I say that with the most respect to those offering up new approaches and methods. Same goes for a textbook or a technological approach. They aren't to be blindly implemented - rather, follow your nose.

Same with the flip side of the coin, learning a language. Some will benefit from intensive memorization of vocabulary, some will need a lot of extensive listening. Others benefit from reading.  Find what works for you and stick with it - until it is time to "reposition".

Beware of systems. Ideologically or as part of your teaching beliefs. Questions, criticize and adapt to your own teaching style and classroom/school environment. Same goes for teaching certification and training.  A CELTA is one way of teaching English. So too your own trainer's approach and instruction.  Even the hallowed "CLT" or communicative approach is just that - a suggestion. There is nothing proven in terms of efficacy. We are human and that's the rub and difficulty. There is nothing foreign to us - in terms of learning.

The best teachers weave and dance to their own music. They make magic happen, learning happen, precisely because they are not "tunnel visioned" but adapting and testing, trying and changing.

Just like spring, always be ready to begin anew. But stronger, given the knowledge and experience gleaned from one more winter.....

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