In the general education structure, students, no matter what age, are usually left shockingly alone to figure out how to learn best. I’ll generalise: they are taught the content but are hardly given advice in retaining it. Learners are disheartened because they try and try and don’t feel a good enough improvement. Thankfully, there’s great research and information out there about learning strategies that can be applied for languages as well. Inspired by the MOOC I’m taking about “Learning to Learn“, let me share my favourites. Continue reading “Do you teach learning techniques?”
The following reading is for a teenage group, aged 13-16 but I believe it could be used for any ages upwards. The class is currently preparing for a B1 exam. (This is a lower intermediate level.)
Teaching reading can be difficult depending on the students. Some are naturally interested and find reading enjoying, others need more than a little push. Prompted by the “Teach English Now! Second Language Reading, Writing, and Grammar” course I’m doing on Coursera (it’s free so you can also join if you’d like) I was thinking about what kind of texts can we use in the classes, and what kinds I enjoy teaching.
Continue reading “A collection of stories to use for teaching intermediate learners”
Many of us teachers don’t work at the moment being summer and all but it also gives time for self-improvement, catching up with the news of the world, doing courses, professional and recreational reading and more. In the current “knowledge economy” as some would say, being an autodidact or at least an autodidactic self-improver if that’s a thing, is easy. Let me share my recent favourites with you.
Continue reading “Time for self improvement – 5 articles to help you”
The rumours were true: no feedback from the boss meant they were satisfied. My colleague kept saying:
“Just wait, they’ll ask you the last week to stay on!”
Continue reading “Leaving Spain”