This is the only ‘formal’ needs analysis I did in the first class. The most important thing for me in this first class was to get to know the students, to remember their names and who they are as individuals. Apart from serving as a data collection activity, the added advantage of this peer needs analysis was that it allowed for rapport building between the students (some of whom had previously met but some who had not) and for me to gauge how they performed in terms of spoken interaction. They enjoyed the activity and I realise that this is … Continue reading CAE Inexpert: Class 1 – Needs Analysis and Lesson Planning
Back to school. Back to the whiteboard. Back to basics. Back to the future (perfect passive continuous). Back to the blog… It’s been around 18 months since we posted anything on this blog. Funnily enough, our son is 18 months old. I wonder if that has anything to do with it…. This academic year, I thought I’d have another stab at sustaining regular posts. This year I have a class of teenagers studying for the CAE exam. Most of the time these days I work in teacher training on Delta and CELTA courses. Last year I had very few … Continue reading CAE Inexpert: Back to the chalkface
‘Who wants to get meta?’ asked Kyle. The 2018 Innovate ELT conference was once again a rewarding (don’t say fun!) day’s professional development. Rather than do a talk, I thought a live lesson with real learners would make a nice … Continue reading iELT2018: Listening, just for the phon of it
IH BCN ELT Conference 2018 Almost, but not quite a month has passed since the IH Barcelona 2018 conference – time enough for various work and life priorities to bump this talk write-up further down the to-do list. As in … Continue reading Stop, Collaborate & Listen.
I was lucky enough to catch up with John Field the other week following his plenary talk at the IH Barcelona Conference. He kindly agreed to spare a few minutes to talk about skills development, and listening in particular. We … Continue reading An Interview with John Field
It’s Sunday night and for many of us, classes start tomorrow. Fancy some free material? How about a collaborative TD project for the new year? Read (or skip) to the end for both! It’s that time of year again. A … Continue reading Back to skoool!
…to be preparing end-of-term assessments?…to be writing reports?…to be casting around for ideas on how to suitably round off the calendar year with your class? That’s how my season feels. And in an attempt to get into the spirit of … Continue reading ‘Tis the season
Focus on the quality, rather than the amount of teacher talk in the classroom. Continue reading We need to talk about Teacher Talk
IATEFL Glasgow 2017 It was a good conference for listening and phonology, this. Standout sessions from John Field, Sheila Thorn, Richard Cauldwell, Mark Hancock. Sandy Millin’s given a great roundup over here, as ever. I was pleased to have a good audience for the final session on Friday – including some of the very people who inspired me to get more into listening and receptive phonology in the first place. As usual, the original ideas in the talk were rarely my own. Even the title – it’s lifted from an article by Richard Cauldwell. After a run through the background literature, and … Continue reading Grasping The Nettle
Shaun Sweeney “The strongest of all warriors are these two – Time and Patience.” Leo Tolstoy I thought I’d start this post with a quote from War and Peace. Just to impress you with how literary I am. I’ve not read the book, but I highly recommend it – if you have the time. And patience. Using transcription and paying close attention to the speech stream requires a good deal of time and patience. Testing our listening proforma (nothing more complicated than a blank page and a grid) we chose to listen to a section from a short documentary about … Continue reading Motivation, Time and Patience