Month: April 2016

Facilitating Peer Feedback on Essays

Facilitating Peer Feedback on Essays

Some teachers struggle with setting up Peer Feedback, especially getting learners used to and comfortable with giving and recieving feedback on their work from their peers! Research has looked into how teachers can increase students receptivity to peer review, and what kind of training and guidance can help to make it effective.  Based on these … Continue reading Facilitating Peer Feedback on Essays

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Fact, Opinion & Stance: A lesson on Critical Thinking

Target learners: B1+ and upwards. Young adult/adult. Particularly EAP settings. Also suitable for teaching critical thinking skills in English-speaking HE settings. Skills practised: Speaking: stating & defending own opinion. Reading: understanding academic texts. Vocabulary: reporting verbs. Skills trained: Critical thinking, critical reading, appropriate reporting verbs, paraphrasing. Timing: 60-90 minutes. Can be divided across lessons or as homework. A … Continue reading Fact, Opinion & Stance: A lesson on Critical Thinking

Marking Writing: Feedback Strategies to Challenge the Red Pen’s Reign – IATEFL 2016

By popular demand... My handout from my presentation held at IATEFL 2016 in Birmingham, with the above title. Abstract: This talk provides teachers with time-efficient alternatives to traditional ‘red-pen correction’, by demonstrating and evaluating several effective feedback strategies that are applicable to giving feedback on writing in diverse contexts, and presenting summaries of published research … Continue reading Marking Writing: Feedback Strategies to Challenge the Red Pen’s Reign – IATEFL 2016

What does it mean to be a teacher of English?

This is a summary of a talk held by Jack C. Richards at IATEFL 2016 on Friday 15th April 2016. I'm afraid I'm not as hot-off-the-press as people who seem to the spend the entire conference tweeting and typing... but for those who couldn't attend, here are the main tenet's of the talk. Feel free to … Continue reading What does it mean to be a teacher of English?

IATEFL 2016 Birmingham – What I’m hoping for

I didn't go to IATEFL's annual conference last year.  I just somehow thought that I'd been to so many conferences and just wasn't getting enough out of it; no value for money, so to speak. To be honest I think I felt a bit jaded: always trying to 'make the most' of attending conferences, writing copious … Continue reading IATEFL 2016 Birmingham – What I’m hoping for

Help! Overwhelmed by research!

This is a short, rather personal post; a bit of a call for help! In my head, thoughts are flying around: researching, compiling bibliographies, literature reviews, not having enough time in the day to read everything properly, wasting time reading the 'wrong' things, and feeling swapmed and out-of-touch with the latest state of affairs.... And … Continue reading Help! Overwhelmed by research!