Month: April 2017

Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

"Achieving Phonology's Potential in the ELT Classroom"    - A very inspiring talk by Adam Scott on 5th April at IATEFL 2017 in Glasgow.  In his talk, Adam presented his manifesto, a call to arms, to bring about a shift towards higher awareness of the importance of phonology in ELT. He's convinced that we will experience … Continue reading Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto

An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

A very quick summary of some key points from Scott Thornbury's talk "Writing Methodology Texts" on 4th April at iatefl 2017. He surveyed methodology book writers to gain some insight into what makes such texts most useful for teachers, much of which applies to writing any kinds of teaching notes or rubrics! The key points … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Writing Methodology Notes

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

A very quick summary of some key points from Sue Kay's talk, "The genuine article (you couldn't make it up)", presented at iatefl 2017 on 4th April. Questions to ask when choosing a text:  Will it interest and engage learners? Can learners relate it to their own lives? Is it age-appropriate? Can learners learn (well … Continue reading An iatefl quickie – Choosing & Using Authentic Texts

Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Sarah Mercer's plenary on 5th April was a hit! Her topic "Connecting minds: language learner and teacher psychologies" struck a chord with many in the audience. If you couldn't watch it live, you can catch up here, thanks to the British Council and Iatefl Online! Plenary session by Sarah Mercer | IATEFL Online//cdn.embedly.com/widgets/platform.js">Plenary session by … Continue reading Sarah Mercer at #iatefl2017

Exhibiting CLIL: Developing student skills through project-based learning

Exhibiting CLIL: Developing student skills through project-based learning

Dr Jenny Skipp Exhibiting CLIL: Developing Student Skills through project-based learning My dear colleague Jenny has just held  her first ever presentation at an iatefl conference! It was a very well delivered talk, with a perfect balance of theory and practical ideas teachers can adapt into their own teaching. It'll probably be of most interest with … Continue reading Exhibiting CLIL: Developing student skills through project-based learning

Stress Awareness Discussion Points #teacher5aday

Stress Awareness Discussion Points #teacher5aday

April is Stress Awareness Month - a perfect time for reflecting on your own well-being and how you tackle stress in your life and work! The aim of this article is to raise awareness of some of the more theoretical work that has been done in the area of (tackling) stress and burnout, particularly among … Continue reading Stress Awareness Discussion Points #teacher5aday