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Teacher Training

make things clear

Please see my Teacher Training page for loads of presentations I’ve created and delivered throughout my teaching career.   My new glossary is also a steadfast reference. This list and video library of Educational Thinkers has a lot of valuable learning. Please be sure to see the  Professional Development category on EFL Classroom 2.0.   I’d […]

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New LinkedIn Conversations about teaching

Our LinkedIn group is growing and there is a lot of sharing of ideas. A great place to do some summer professional development or to add your own thoughts. So here are some recent conversations of note with many comments and insights. Check them out! (not a member of the group? Please join, just takes […]

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The #1 …… article about teacher development

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1.                           The Making Of An Expert   I’ve been involved in teacher training and professional development for a long time. A lot of the time, I’m trying to keep up the good fight […]

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The #1 …. (thing teachers are scared of)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Silence I remember being a new teacher and I was so deathly scared of any silence in the classroom! I’d yammer and stammer away just to fill that void. It was a panic attack, it was a nightmare, it was worse than death. Now, […]

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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 been yearning for awhile, to be back in the class, […]

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5 lessons for educators from “The King’s Speech”

One of the nice things about the small city I moved to recently, is that it has a wonderful theater downtown, minutes from my house. Every Sunday, they have a $5 showing and tonight they showed “The King’s Speech”. Great movie, highly recommend it despite my aversion to “period pieces”, especially British ones! Go see […]

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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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Having “teacher” Endurance

I get asked a lot, “how do you do so much?”   or am labeled, “the hardest working ELT teacher”.  I’m always somewhat lost as to how to respond. Baffled really. I guess I’m a fish that knows nothing about the water I swim in! You see, I just do.  I don’t think much but rather […]

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The #1 …. (EFL Prof. Development site)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. The British Council’s – Teaching English Last week I wrote about the #1 Professional Development site for ESL. This week, the focus is EFL. I’m a big fan of  the power of “Teaching Voices”, the development that comes when teachers share their own stories […]

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TESOL Teacher Training Presentations

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be adding to this list below. [Update: these presentations are now available in total HERE, with training videos] I am starting up a School of TEFL offering an accredited TEFL Certificate and also courses in educational technology. (site open Feb. 1st / Classes start March 1st) The courses will […]

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Recognizing a good teacher

I had a number of wonderful emails about my blog post – TEFL “non stick” teaching. So I decided to make the blog post into a presentation. (download here – with music – Being a good teacher) Also see my almost iconic presentation, Effective EFL Teacher for something similar but not so general. This call […]

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Dogme Light – A boring library conversation

Today, I get to have some fun! Last week, Willy Cardoso wrote a fictional conversation that he might have had with Karenne Sylvester about the use of materials in ELT. Karenne wrote previously about “materials light” or Dogme teaching. When I read Willy’s post – I definitely had to respond. Respond with my own views on how […]

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New Teachers – Essential stuff on EFL 2.0

I just finished a whirlwind 6 day week of workshops on technology and language teaching – given to mostly new teachers. I had a wonderful time and the energy of the teachers always renews me, no matter how tiring the 6 hour sessions a day truly are. It got me thinking that I need to […]

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Reflective Teaching

I’m a big fan of reflective teaching and use it extensively in my teacher training programs. Especially reflective writing / journal writing. There is something about the act of writing in this way, that makes one intimate with oneself (as Schon, the grandfather of this subject once put it). It gets one growing as a […]

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The #1 ….. (teacher training course)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Teaching on the job So maybe you don’t think on the job training counts? Maybe that without training teachers will just be the blind, leading the blind? Well, there is a lot of evidence out there that points out that training may even hinder […]

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Using Technology the “Right” way

Around the education/technology twitterverse, there has been a lot of hand-wringing and “I told you so s” about THIS article  on TES, “Byte the Dust”. Basically, it outlines how tens of millions of dollars/pounds of educational technology are laying around gathering dust. This follows another study which reported that children with home computers had lower test […]

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The #1 … (book to learn about teaching lessons)

** Not your ordinary, endless list – just what’s number 1. Oxford Basics Teaching isn’t the easiest of things and it takes time to acquire sound skill and knowledge. However, you can speed up that process and I find the Oxford series of handbooks invaluable at providing teachers with easy, basic and communicative lesson “cores” […]

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An Amazing Teacher

An Amazing Teacher. from David Deubelbeiss on Vimeo. I think it so important now that teachers have access to streamed video – so important for teachers to watch other teachers. Here’s a player I’ve made as a start. These videos are revealing and helpful for teachers, watching, we absorb and see the little things. It […]

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USING Vs MANIPULATING LANGUAGE

Recently, I came across two lesson activity ideas online. On the surface both seem like good activities however one they contrasted nicely with each other and highlight the difference I see between USING and MANIPULATING language. First the activities. MANIPULATING Language : Cut up letters of the alphabet and put into an envelope. Maybe 5 […]

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An open source TEFL Certificate. Possible?

I’ve been working hard on something that has been “pregnant” for several years – a teacher training (TEFL) certificate. As many will know, I really want “quality” when it comes to teaching, I really want content and the profit model put in its proper place when it comes to education. We have so many new […]

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