CAE Inexpert: Class 1 – Needs Analysis and Lesson Planning

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

CAE Inexpert: Back to the chalkface

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

Motivation, Time and Patience

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

IATEFL Birmingham 2016

IATEFL Birmingham 2016 Developing Listening Skills:  Lessons From Learning Shaun Sweeney It was a challenge to get through much in 20 minutes, as there were three of us squeezed into a forum on listening skills materials. I was chuffed, though,  to be in a forum with someone like Annie McDonald, whose work I admire a good deal. She opened proceedings with a great talk on techniques and materials to use to develop listening skills. Her kitten earworm is still very much in my ears – as I’m sure it is yours if you were in attendance. ‘I know a little bit … Continue reading IATEFL Birmingham 2016