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
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?
Much is said in published literature about the necessity of EAP students reading authentic academic texts, and also about providing scaffolding and support for them to do so. I believe lecturers and academic tutors teaching their subject content in English and/or on a CLIL-based approach will also need to help students digest the readings for their … Continue reading Reading Support Worksheets for EAP
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
Followers of my blog will know that I believe we, as language teachers, all need to understand the pedagogical underpinnings of what we do in our language classrooms. That's why I aim in my blog posts to provide information on theoretical backgrounds and lesson materials which apply them practically. I would also love for more … Continue reading ELT Research Bites
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
Here are the slides (inc. references) from my talk yesterday as part of the British Council's "Teaching for Success" online conference. This talk takes research into feedback practices & translates it into practical ideas for classroom application! Click here for Slides. Link to the recorded talk: http://britishcouncil.adobeconnect.com/p424b8xlubb/ Abstract: Providing meticulous correction of errors and hand-written summaries on each … Continue reading British Council Teaching for Success – My Webinar