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Doing What Works For You

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Throughout my teaching career, I’ve often found myself  in what I term, “the rut”.  Not bored of teaching nor unexcited but rather teaching without any “spice” and just going through the motions.  Settled is what I call it.  Finding myself feeling like I’ve figured it out and knowing exactly what I’m doing and how to […]

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Simple Tasks For Teaching

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Recently on the EFL Classroom 2.0 blog, I posted 3 lists of 50 tasks that teachers can use in their teaching – asking students to do them and “practice” language, the skill that is language speaking/reading/writing/listening. Surprised to death at how popular these lists were! I know we all like lists but I guess I […]

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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! That is what being a teckkie used to entail! Most […]

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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 bird soars too high, if he soars with his own […]

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The “Flipped” Classroom

This video opens the door into the actual practice of the flipped instructional model. (not a language classroom but think of what it would mean for one). A very interesting way to think of “teaching”. Basically, it means for ELT that the heavy lifting, the explanation and focusing on form is consigned to the language […]

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Stickiness – What makes what you do stick?

I’m putting together an online presentation for some Brazilian teachers and I’ll be talking about “Stickiness”. I thought it would be worthwhile to air my own thoughts specifically about what makes our teaching “stick”. In other words, how to make what we do transfer into the heads and the production/fluency of the learner (now or […]

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Faking it …..

Today, my “much better half” insisted that our dog Chico could understand Korean. She showed me how he could understand Korean and sit and stay, even give paw. I had a good chuckle. Not much different to many teachers who believe their students understand them in the classroom! Chico, like so many students, was great […]

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SCC coursebook updated sample

Here is a sample of the SCC (student created content) coursebook that I will be publishing this December. I’ll be posting my lead in forward, detailing specifically my beliefs about SCC and why it is a new, essential methodology for ELT, especially given the new technological resources available to teachers. The basic idea rests the […]

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Teaching as chopping wood 2

Here is a quick update to a post I really think valuable to teachers – Teaching as Chopping Wood. The update is me chopping wood and really just to get others to read a blog post I am proud of and which I think has some valuable though general advice…….. But teaching is like chopping […]

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The #1 … (activity which fosters language development)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Get the full eBook Retelling Getting our students retelling, even in a very simple form, is SO powerful! It creates active listeners and learners and really enlivens the learning process. Throughout my own career as an EFL teacher, retelling is something I plan into […]

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In Praise of Praise

I sat down this morning, coffee at the ready, ready to write some advice to new teachers about the coming school year. I thought about the usual things – classroom management, organization, icebreakers, action research, personalizing, then for some strange reason I started thinking of Mr. Worth, my high school math teacher. Mr. Worth was […]

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The Teenaged Language Learner

  Teenage Second Language Learning Why they are different and why that matters [see  my workshop materials for teaching teens – here. / Also this post is a reply to this post- The Captive Mind] The best substitute for experience is being sixteen.                         […]

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Student Created Content – “It’s about LEARNING not teaching”

I would like to share one of the ideas that most invigorates and informs me as a teacher. The idea of “Student Created Content” or SCC. I borrow the term from UGC or UCC, “user generated/created content” that is the motor of Web 2.0 and the internet. What is SCC? It is an approach that […]

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Philosophies of Education….

Sooner or later, every teacher who is around long enough, will be required to submit/produce/write up, their philosophy of education. I really think it invaluable to make this “thought visible”. The process itself helps to solidify your already held beliefs and give you some “clear road” as a teacher (but don’t make it too solid…life […]

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The Devil’s in the Details – Small Musts.

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I just spent a day evaluating Korean teachers in their classrooms, as part of the TEE (Teaching English in English) program. I’m going to keep away from that topic – it’s still too raw, so to speak. However, I did take lots of notes and some things kept repeating themselves. Mostly small things that teachers […]

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Using Flashcards to Teach Languages

Using Flashcards and Teaching English View more documents from David Deubelbeiss DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS OUT (also see our hundreds of online sets in our Quizlet Group!) WHY? Games are fun and motivational. They increase student talk time (production). Visuals add context to the language learning. They are quick and easy to use. They allow […]

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The 7 “Deadly” sins of “new” teachers

One of my previous blog posts spoofed the 7 “marvellous” sins of great teachers. Now, I’d like to unspoof and great real and talk about “new” English teachers. I just spent 2 days interviewing 29 new teachers each day! Wow, talk about a treadmill….. The teachers besides answering questions had to go through a “demo” […]

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The 7 Sensational Sins of Great English Language Teachers

Yesterday, during a teacher training workshop, I was reminded of a theory I had about “great teachers”. Long ago over many beers, in a pub in the Czech Republic, I outlined the idea that a great teacher was a “heretic”, a kind of rebel with a cause. Great teachers broke all the rules because they […]

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Learning as a self-organizing principle

inductive learning One thing I’ve become convinced of as a teacher, is the fact that WE can be our own worst enemy. Meaning, somehow our own experiences, our 1,000s of hours in the classroom observing teachers, have conditioned us to “be teachers” and that this gets in the way of the success of our language […]

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Great Teachers – What stuff are they made of?

Download Super Teacher.ppt Download America’s Best Teacher.doc I’ve always wondered what is the “je ne sais pas quoi’ , that magical quality that great teachers have. Is it simply their passion? Is it their knowledge? Is it their commitment and personal approach? Is it their creativity? Is it their ability to communicate and affect each […]

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