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

Lessons from Learning: Context

Shaun Sweeney A little bit of context: I moved from Italy to Spain, or more accurately from Milan to Barcelona, just over 2 years ago. By this time, I should be quite good at Spanish, right? Well, sadly, like many of us in this profession, I have to put in a lot of work hours to keep the wolves from the door and this has perhaps impacted on the amount of time I’ve had to spend on studying and learning a new language. I spend a lot of time in the classroom, reading lesson plans, giving feedback, moderating forums – … Continue reading Lessons from Learning: Context