Month: April 2015

Why don’t British students spend time abroad?

It's been a couple of years since I took over as the Erasmus exchange coordinator for my Department (Dept. of English Studies at a university in Germany). While most of my responsibilities are to do with helping students get organised for their stay abroad and helping incoming students navigate our university's system, another task that requires time … Continue reading Why don’t British students spend time abroad?

Guided Discovery in Teaching Essay Writing

DISCOVERY A lot of work has been done on the benefits of inductive versus deductive teaching in ELT, especially when it comes to teaching grammar points. An inductive approach basically provides learners with input, i.e. examples of the target, and requires them to find the rules for usage, that is to infer to usage of … Continue reading Guided Discovery in Teaching Essay Writing

Things I would tell my newly qualified self

There've been a host a posts recently responding to Joanna Malefaki's #Youngerteacherself challenge. And here's mine. My career as an English teacher began with an initial training course; Trinity College's TESOL Certificate. But I'm (now, at least) under no illusion that such an initial training course can teach new teachers everything they will need to know about the profession. In … Continue reading Things I would tell my newly qualified self

“Boreout” – What it is and how to avoid it

I recently came across an interesting documentary about the effects of boredom on individuals' psychological well-being. If you speak German, you might like to take a look: http://www.3sat.de/mediathek/?mode=play&obj=45606 Most media platforms nowadays are full of stories and information about how stress, trying to do too much, and spreading one's energy too thinly among multiple tasks can lead to … Continue reading “Boreout” – What it is and how to avoid it