Technophobe or Technophile? Are you already using technology in the classroom?
On our CELTA courses it has often fallen to me to deliver our session on using technology in the classroom. Not that I am in any way an expert on this subject but perhaps my love of a good gadget has swayed my colleagues into thinking I know what I’m talking about. Often, however, I find myself talking about a topic on which the trainees know more than me. This is of course not a problem, as good teaching practice suggests, I draw on their knowledge and use it to my (our) advantage.
Listening, like reading, is a passive skill but this does not make it any less important than the active skills of speaking or writing. After all, we cannot have a conversation if we can’t follow what the other person is saying. Think about the following questions related to teaching listening skills and then read on for the answers:
What types of listening skills do we use?
Is listening in the classroom more difficult than listening in the real world or vice versa?
On our CELTA courses in Munich, we use two coursebooks with the students (currently Speakout and English Unlimited) but as the course progresses and trainees become more confident in the classroom, we encourage them to move away from the coursebook a little. Why?
On a CELTA course, you are expected to show you can reflect on your lessons; what went well as well as what you would do differently if you were to teach that lesson again. In fact one of the criteria Cambridge expects you to achieve is just that. As a CELTA tutor, I think there tend to be 4 types of self-evaluations – I wonder which one you would write?? Continue reading “Reflecting on your own teaching”
“With only 1% of CELTA course participants worldwide failing the course, you would be forgiven for thinking it was just a case of enrolling. However, a quick internet search about the intensity of the course will show that it is not to be taken lightly”
I have to admit, I am shocked at how many people see the CELTA course just as a money-making scheme. True, it is not the cheapest TEFL course on the market but if you want quality you have to pay for it.
We’ve just started a new CELTA course in Munich so instruction-giving is very much on my mind! This is something trainees should try to get sorted out asap but do sometimes struggle with, especially when teaching lower levels. So here are my “golden rules”.
The American athlete, Hank Stram’s philosophy of “Simplicity plus variety” is certainly one that could be applied to introducing new lexical items to students. Some traditional ways of presenting lexis are still very useful, after all, do we really need to reinvent the wheel? Here we have a selection of new as well as old methods for introducing new lexis .. Continue reading “13 Ways to Present Lexis”