A while back, I summarised an article for ELT Research Bites exploring the reasons why language teaching professionals rarely access primary research reports. The main findings were that practitioners may have negative perceptions of research as irrelevant, they may face practical constraints such as expensive pay walls and a lack of time to find and … Continue reading How to access ELT-relevant research
What do you do in those last 5 minutes of class when you've finished everything that was planned? Or when energy levels hit a low during a lesson? Or in that lull while the next student gets ready to present, or whatever? We all know about the need to revise and recycle new vocabulary in … Continue reading Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities
Since October I've had a student in my class who is practically deaf, especially if she hasn't got her hearing aid. The class that she's taking with me is actually an Oral Skills class; it's the first class of an EAP programme and focuses on presentation and seminar skills. Clearly, not being able to hear … Continue reading Teaching a deaf student EAP oral skills
Time for a little advertising! 😉 On October Thursday 5th October at 4.25pm UK time, I'll be giving an online talk as part of the LTSIG /OllREN online conference and would be delighted to see you there! Exploring efficient ways to give sustainable feedback on L2 writing is important because providing meticulous correction of language … Continue reading My LTSIG Talk: Using Multimodal Learner-Driven Feedback to Provide Sustainable Feedback on L2 Writing
How did we manage to write an ebook in just 14 weeks? My British cultural studies class rocks! Here's how!
Many teacher manuals encourage the inclusion of group work in class activities, naming benefits including increased productivity, creativity and motivation. Still, to make the most of group work tasks and these advantages, teachers and learners must be aware that working in a team involves navigating certain challenges, which some basic training can help with. In her … Continue reading Review: Successful Group Work – 13 Activities to Teach Teamwork Skills
Anyone who's been following my blog and conference presentations for a while will know that I have a healthy obsession with marking and giving feedback on L2 students' essays! This is partly due to the huge numbers of essays I have to mark each term, and the number of new marking techniques this allows me … Continue reading Making Marking Colourful