Category: Materials & Teaching Ideas

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

Competency-based planning and assessing

Competency-based planning and assessing

Earlier this week, I attended a workshop on competency-based (or competency-oriented) planning and assessing held by Dr Stefan Brall at Trier University, and would like to share some of the insights here. The workshop was aimed at university-level teachers from various subject areas, and so concentrated generally on Competency-Based Education (CBE). According to Richards and … Continue reading Competency-based planning and assessing

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from teachers/writers

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from teachers/writers

Are you an ELT teacher looking to move into materials writing? This post is for you! On Saturday 14th January, I hosted a Meetup for the Materials Writing Special Interest Group of IATEFL. The idea was to enable some informal networking for anyone in the area who is involved in writing ELT materials. One of … Continue reading MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from teachers/writers

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from Editors

MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from Editors

On Saturday 14th January, I hosted a Meetup for the Materials Writing Special Interest Group of IATEFL. The idea was to enable some informal networking for anyone in the area who is involved in writing ELT materials. One of the activities we did involved editors/publishers and teachers/writers posing questions for each other on posters, and … Continue reading MaWSIG Meetup – Questions from Editors

CLIL in Practice – An Example Activity

CLIL in Practice – An Example Activity

What is CLIL?  The acronym CLIL stands for "Content and language integrated learning" and was coined by David Marsh to denote an approach to language teaching with a dual aim, namely learning a foreign langauge and simultaneously learning something new about a subject, new content.   In their 2010 book, Coyle, Hood & Marsh present four components - … Continue reading CLIL in Practice – An Example Activity