OK, I'll admit it. I'm a bit confused. I think my classroom practice and teaching materials reflect a Communicative Approach to language teaching. Prompted by some debates on Twitter, though, I've been trying to read up on TBLT and picture exactly what it would look like in the classroom, how TBLT-type lessons and courses would … Continue reading Reflections on my lesson: Is this TBLT?
Finally it is the last week of our semester here, which started in October. It's been a long, hard slog, but we've made it! But the final week of term is a weird one. We still have classes, most of which are revision sessions or tests, and we have to make sure we get all … Continue reading Revision Week for my Materials
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
In this article, Northcott, Gillies and Coutlon explore their students' perceptions of how effective online formative feedback was for improving their postgraduate academic writing, and aim to highlight best practices for online writing feedback.
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
"Achieving Phonology's Potential in the ELT Classroom" - A very inspiring talk by Adam Scott on 5th April at IATEFL 2017 in Glasgow. In his talk, Adam presented his manifesto, a call to arms, to bring about a shift towards higher awareness of the importance of phonology in ELT. He's convinced that we will experience … Continue reading Phonology in ELT – A Manifesto
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
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
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
This worksheet provides a systematic re-cap of the functions/uses of the simple present and present progressive. Completing the exercises will lead to a list of functions/uses, with easily memorable and adaptable examples comparing the two verb forms, as well as time-lines to illustrate their meanings, and notes on differences in their implications. It is designed for … Continue reading The Expression of Present Time: Grammar Worksheet for Teachers / advanced EFL learners