Category: Ponderings

Getting the (Conference Speaker) Balance Right

Getting the (Conference Speaker) Balance Right

There's been a lot of talk about this recently - getting the balance right. The balance between men and women, between native and non-native speakers at ELT events and conferences.  I've fairly recently joined the committee of an IATEFL SIG. I'm on the events team. So these kinds of 'balance' topics are more pertinent to … Continue reading Getting the (Conference Speaker) Balance Right

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Academic Writing Skills & “Just in Time” Teaching

Academic Writing Skills & “Just in Time” Teaching

I've been looking back over my notes from IATEFL 2017 to find inspiration for another blog post. I'm a bit late now to just summarise talks, but I'd like to come back to one of the questions that was posed at a talk I attended. It was "Building bridges: the disciplines, the normative and the … Continue reading Academic Writing Skills & “Just in Time” Teaching

What library research skills training do EAP / undergrad students really need?

What library research skills training do EAP / undergrad students really need?

Colleagues and I have long since been aware of the lack of proper research and appropriate source use in our students' EAP and academic essays. We decided to offer a one-hour workshop on researching in the library at our university, and enlisted the help of an expert - the library representative for our subject area. We thought … Continue reading What library research skills training do EAP / undergrad students really need?

#ELTbehindthescenes of ClaresELTCompendium

#ELTbehindthescenes of ClaresELTCompendium

Inspired by Joanna's post and and this post by Tekhnologic, who have started using the Twitter hashtag #ELTbehindthescenes, I thought I'd share a little bit of background on How I plan & write my blog posts I'm not a super prolific blogger, I have to admit. My posts appear rather sporadically. I started my blog … Continue reading #ELTbehindthescenes of ClaresELTCompendium

Peer Presentation Feedback

Peer Presentation Feedback

I teach an EAP module which focusses on language and study skills. It's aimed at first-semester students starting an English Studies degree where English is a foreign language for almost all students. They're at the B2+ level. In a 15-week semester, we spend the first five weeks or so looking at what makes a good … Continue reading Peer Presentation Feedback

It’s boring only hearing from the same few students! – Encouraging Oral Participation

It’s boring only hearing from the same few students! – Encouraging Oral Participation

Recently, a colleague observed my grammar class. The 30 learners are B2-C1 level and the class is required for their degree programme (English Studies). I usually set up my gramamr classes so that the activities build on each other to move from re-capping basic points to more advanced fineties of certain structures, so we discuss answers … Continue reading It’s boring only hearing from the same few students! – Encouraging Oral Participation