Category: methodology

Minimally Invasive Teaching

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “the children are working as if I don’t exist.” – Maria Montessori During the last year, I’ve been following the KhanAcademy locomotive as it chugs on to distant fertile lands and...

The #1 … (delivery error teachers make)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Assuming The Students Understand “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” ~George Bernard Shaw I’ve thought a lot about this and based on my own experiences as...

Using Songs in the EFL Classroom

This presentation has always been a fav. of teachers. Here, I add a voiceover and summarizing some of the main points (ever so quickly). Click on the presention to listen and use the slideshow underneath to go to resources highlighting each point (by clicking on...

Extensive Watching

The last few years, I’ve been very focused on the role and possibility of video in the classroom. Thus, my recent work developing EnglishCentral and my focus on the potential of a “Flipped Classroom“. I had an interesting skype discussion with Dan Soriano (@danhummsoriano )...

Sport and Language Learning

I’ve been an athlete most of my life. Also a coach and one who’s thought a lot about how to “develop” one’s talent as an athlete. This has served me well as a language teacher. Becoming proficient or even excelling at a sport bears most...

Bests Posts 2010-2011

I’d like to share as the year comes to a close – My best “Teaching Advice” blog posts. Also, my best “Practical Teaching Posts”. [Next – I’ll outline the Best posts about “Language”. ] Note: all posts link to the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog which...

Going to Pieces

Most enthusiastic language teachers “Go To Pieces”, meaning they literally use material that is in pieces and compels students to practice and communicate. At its heart, “pieces” is a way of teaching that puts communication at the core of language teaching and learning. Think about...

Finne Cherian – Teacher Inspiration

I’ve been seeking inspiration for my own teaching. I’m still teaching online, working online, but will after a year outside “the regular classroom” be returning to the reality of 4 walls. You can’t replace F2F. I wrote a bit about missing this before and I’ve...

Songs with lyric sheets

I just spent an hour or two tagging all the songs on EFL Classroom that have lyric sheets. Wow! Didn’t know we had so many. Find them here. Look below the video for links, many with ppts too. Plus, see our International Second Language Singers...

Guessing Games

A short post about a very BIG topic – Guessing. Along with prediction, it is a very important skill in any English teachers arsenal and one that can be used with great effectiveness. Last night, was visiting this amazing site – Children’s Books Online: The...

The “Blank” Dialogue Updated

The blank dialogue is a very “natural” teaching approach. Something intuitive about it. I used it in my early days of teaching – just pausing a dialogue on cassette tape and asking students to respond. You had to get skilled with using those big buttons!...

Random Image Generator

I was playing around today and came across a nice random image generator. This is stellar for open ended, conversational, contextual lessons. Very unplugged and great language practice opportunity. Click on the image below to start (you’ll have to refill in the captcha, that’s all)...

Teaching with a blank piece of paper

Even now, this late in the day, a blank sheet of paper holds the greatest excitement there is for me — more promising than a silver cloud, and prettier than a red wagon. – E.B. White I’ve just returned from “a return” to nature. Hiked...

Following your nose ….

It’s Sunday a day of repose. Re – Pose.  Re Position. If there is one thing in my life I’ve done well – it is to “dance to the beat of my own drummer” a la Thoreau or that other great quote of Blake’s, “No...

More about “getting out of the way”

The objective of education is learning. Or not even that, I’ll interject. More exactly, the true objective is “contentment”, a well adjusted individual. And the only way to reach this objective is to tap into the “feeling good about oneself” that is always there in...

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