Tag: Professional Development

Take control of your teaching career using the European Profiling Grid

Take control of your teaching career using the European Profiling Grid

A talk I attended earlier this year in Birmingham (IATEFL 2016), by Joel Cutting & Richard Kelly based at Eurocentres Bournemouth, aimed to provide advice on career management for ELT teachers, and practical ideas on making the most of your current position and moving towards your dream teaching job (See conference programme & talk abstract here). They proposed asking yourself the following questions:  - … Continue reading Take control of your teaching career using the European Profiling Grid

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Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

This week, I've outsourced the discussion question from my Materials Development course. I asked my teacher friends and colleagues: Which ONE piece of advice would you give to a teacher who wanted to create their own classroom materials? My top tip is: First plan the aims you want to achieve with the materials, and use … Continue reading Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

On the Materials Design itdi.pro course I'm currently doing, our tutor has prompted us to discuss: When using an authentic audio or video it is important to use only English native speakers? For me, the most problematic word here is 'only'. (Problem #2: Define 'native speaker!) And so my answer would be a flat out No. … Continue reading The Native Factor in ELT Materials

Review: A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education

Fry, H., S. Ketteridge & S. Marshall (eds), A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education, 4th edition (Routledge, 2015). Though it is like a collection of essays each covering a different area or current debate in HE, this book neatly fits the ‘handbook’ genre, since it is easy to navigate and doesn’t need … Continue reading Review: A handbook for teaching and learning in higher education

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