Fiona’s SEN workshop, irregular verbs

Today we had a workshop on Specific Learning Differences (otherwise known as Special Educational Needs) by Fiona Thomas.  She presented many good ideas to help people with learning differences, like dyslexia or AD(H)D, but mostly she put forward ideas that could just be thought of as good practice.  Like TALK to your students.  Ask them …

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Error Correction

Today we had an INSET with a guest speaker Gillie Cunningham entitled 'Erors are ok, or are they?'  It was a very insightful session, and she was a very entertaining speaker.  This is not a summary, but just a few things I have taken away. We need to have a clear idea of what we …

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Bringing English to Life

The language school where I work in London, Embassy English, has developed an approach to integrating technology into teaching called Bringing English to Life. Students use apps and websites, mainly on their own devices, that help them develop and document their language production. Students are given projects that not only focus on language being produced …

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Embassy English Teacher Summer Swapshop 2015

Yesterday we had an INSET session where teachers at my school shared an idea that they use in teaching.  Here's a summary of the ideas.  Thanks Sarah Wakefield, Fiona Thomas, Melissa Threadgill, Esohe Ebohon, Mariella De Souza, Kallie Watters and Maggie Carruthers! Grass Skirt Race -- Sarah This could be used for anything:  error correction, …

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Reflection from a learner’s perspective: the inspiration

One of the most interesting talks I went to at IATEFL 2015 was one that I went to to just hang out with my friends.  I was tired, there was nothing particularly inspiring, and so I thought I'd just wander into 'Lessons Learned as a Language Learner' by Jo-Ann Delaney and Madeleine du Vivier because …

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Reading, Using Ken Lackman’s prep-free approach for IELTS

A New Way to Teach Reading In Ken Lackman's talk on 'A New Way to Teach Reading' at IATEFL 2015, he argued that the way we teach reading is no longer relevant because the classroom isn't the only place for English--students have access to English texts all the time through the Internet.  They can practice reading whenever …

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IATEFL 2015 Getting your students to lie

Some of the most practical ideas I got from IATEFL 2015 involved encouraging students to lie...in order to get them speaking.  Jamie Keddie presented an idea for getting students to record a video telling a personal anecdote but either telling a true story or lying so when their classmates watch, they have to guess if it's true. …

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