Eons ago, even long before I regenerated as an EFL teacher, I worked unspeakable hours in kitchens. Never mind classes at school or words of wisdom passed on from some butch-armed Italian grandmother, or slavish days at home in the kitchens of a Parisian uncle, I popped Continue reading
This week, at IATEFL, a Chinese lady battled bravely to defend her educational context against a Western man, performing as he did to a Western audience, in a Western context. Every person in a debate argues from a framework, and the Western man played to his advantage that the framework he would argue from was the same framework that set the parameters of the debate. Never mind that the whole symposium was based on a fallacy of Continue reading
This year, for the first time, I had the opportunity to attend the most highly revered and established ELT conferences in the world. All I had to do was work as a Steward each morning, till about 1 or 2 o’clock, then the conference was mine to explore in all its glorious entirety. The downside of this (aside from the odd irate conference-goer) was that, Continue reading
Recently a piece on English as a lingua franca was posted up at the Researchbites blog (http://www.eltresearchbites.com/201703-2568/). ELF is generally concerned with exploring the idea that Continue reading
Slideshow presentations have engulfed the classroom, opening up a whole wealth of benefits. In many cases, I feel they are overused (and I know I’m not the only one who feels that way), with teachers putting more effort into their Powerpoints, or Continue reading
There are, to reduce all things to the simplistic, two purposes for formative assessment: when we assess what has been learned – allowing us to form justified pedagogical opinions about our (hopefully not hapless) students – we can Continue reading
Or maybe “The Jabbercorpus” has a better ring to it.
It’s well-known amongst teachers of FCE classes that learners, having made it to B2 level (and if they haven’t, they’re really in the wrong class, as evidenced by the plethora of inexperienced teachers desperately trying to work out how to teach all forms and uses of, say, ‘used to’ from scratch) and sitting in their FCE lessons, will be expected to Continue reading