Jeremy Harmer on how to teach your first class…
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Allen Ascher - how I got into ESL . Very interesting.
Bill Bliss and Steve Molinsky discuss this important part of teaching. Side by side highlighted.
If you have ever taught children, you may well have come across the ‘Let’s Go!‘ series, now on the third edition and a multimedia behemoth! I met with Barbara, one of the authors, at the ETJ Chubu Expo in October 2009 and she was kind enough to give this interview. She is delightful company and I wish I’d left the camera running because we talked for as long again after I turned it off. She has a lot to say about teaching children and professional development in particular, but we also touched on a few other topics. If you haven’t already, you should check out Barbara’s blog and have a look for her on twitter (@barbsaka ). Being in this part of the world opportunities to meet members of the online ELT community are limited, so it is always especially enjoyable to catch up with someone as lovely as Barbara… even if it is only a few times a year ; D
Window-dressing vs. Cross-dressing in the EFL Sub-culture. (The article I referred to in the interview… revived by the magic of twitter)
The New School- Online MA programme which Scott Thornbury (amongst others) is teaching on.
Scott’s own website, where you can see his edited plenary slides and plenty more.
There has been a lot of discussion of dogme around the blogosphere recently, triggered by the tenth anniversary of the movement. Not all of it kind….
Romantic Comedy with a Sinister Twist. A Marxist Critique of Dogme ELT. « Marxist TEFL Group
Critical DOGME or DOGME with Sympathy for the Critical? | Critical Mass ELT: Reflections on the World of English Language Teaching
D is for Dogme « An A-Z of ELT
I talked to Professor Jennifer Jenkins about English as Lingua Franca, what it is and what it means to us as teachers. As usual, a google scholar search turns up quite a lot of good reading in this area, but I would recommend this short article as a good starting point.
Barbara Seidlhofer’s name came up in the discussion too, and I recommend this article as a very important one in the development of the field.
Seidlhofer B. (2004) ‘Teaching English as a lingua franca’. Annual Review of Applied Linguistics Vol.24: 209–239
The Vienna-Oxford International Corpus of English is an ongoing attempt to build a sample of non-native interaction in English.
Here is a review (mine!) of her 2007 book ‘English as Lingua Franca: Attitude and Identity’
And finally, some commentary on David Graddol’s book (and a free pdf download of the whole thing) which we mention later in the podcast.
From this particular conversation? I am still in agreement with the philosophy behind ELF… but it ELF doesn’t need my permission, as a native speaker, to exist and thrive. The fact is that non-native speakers are now driving the language forward. My difficulty, as a teacher, is what I do about it. What is a mistake, and what is just a difference? How does this impact on my writing class? How long have I got to become fluent and fully literate in another language, before I become obsolete? Listen, enjoy, and comment please. But play nice – I know this topic can get particularly feisty….
about second life for teaching and learning languages.
This show deals with teaching the past tense. The main points of the podcast are:
* when should we teach the past tense?/What age is too young? * How do Mark and Matt introduce the past tense to students * what are some ways in the beginning to avoid the complications of irregular verbs * ideas for content when teaching the past tense * how to practice the past tense
There are quite a few games and activities listed in the show, 4-5, I believe. So, this show there is no designated game of the week section, but we hope some of the activities mentioned in the show will give you something to work with.
This show goes over some basic problems that come up in teaching classes with 1-3 year olds: short attention spans, running around the room, eating your materials, high expectations of the parents and more. Each problem is addressed and a few ideas for dealing with each are discussed.
More advice and focus is given to the actual planning and running of the classes:
* language production and what to expect * handling zero production * eliciting language from this group * activities: what do they like * activities: what qualities do they like * vocabulary: how to introduce it * working with music and actions * play and explore vs. teaching at them * how to motivate them
Quite a bit in this show and we hope some of it is helpful if it’s not all applicable.
ESL Teacher Talk, http://www.eslteachertalk.com/2009/11/teaching-toddlers-2-3-year-olds/