You sit down at your desk to begin planning your course for the year. You have a good idea about what your students can do and how much they have currently achieved. As you begin to look through the course outcomes and expectations, you may feel a bit worried, possibly even concerned. Flipping through the course book you stop on a few pages and think to yourself “This is going to be very challenging for my students.”
It’s an experience many teachers have and how teachers address the experience can have an enormous impact on students learning. In teaching, our goal is to challenge our students. This helps students make progress, keep learners engaged, and can provide motivation through tangible success in the learning journey. However, when we can anticipate that content will be very challenging, it’s tempting to skip past it, or move on to something a bit easier as a way to create a safe and comfortable learning environment for the learners. In fact, when you see very challenging content coming up in your program, this is the perfect time to dig in and think about how you can scaffold difficult content in a way that will ensure learner success.
We English teachers do so much more than teach English. I won’t attempt a definitive list for fear of breaking the internet, but one of the other things we do is to teach our students transferable skills which will be useful to them wherever they end up. The 4Cs of Critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration have been recognised as the ‘learning and innovation’ skills that separate students who are prepared for life in the 21st century from those who aren’t: how can we help nurture these skills? In this blog post I’d like to begin to take a look at these questions which I will be looking into in more detail in my webinar on the topic. Continue reading
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How often do you play games in your classroom? What for? Do you keep track of your students’ results after a game? Most teachers in primary (but not only!) rely on games because we know that kids learn through play (and it is fun, isn’t it?).
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Welcome back everybody! With the end of Christmas, New Year and Epiphany it’s time to tighten our belts financially, loosen our belts literally (at least in my case after all the mince pies) and generally get back to work. But do not despair! This blog post has the aim of staving off the holiday blues with 10 ways to talk about happiness, positivity and laughter in English plus ideas to teach and use these expressions in class.
- To be full of the joys of spring
Spring may seem a long way off after the weekend’s snowfall, but here is a nice expression to talk about someone who seems positive, energetic and enthusiastic.
Chris is full of the joys of spring at the moment. Things must be going well with his new girlfriend!
Like most of you teachers, ELT Learning Journeys will be taking a much deserved break over the holiday season. We hope that your time will be filled with family, friends, plenty of good cheer and a healthy dose of rest as well. And may the New Year find you refreshed and recharged. We will be back with a fresh post on the second week of January. All the best…
‘Twas the class before Christmas and all through the school all the teachers were searching for something to do!
Sound like a familiar situation? Your students have their work completed and exams taken. Holidays are just around the corner and you need one more lesson to send them off on a positive note. Well, look no further!
It’s nearly Christmas! In truth, if the presence of Christmas decorations in shops or Christmas adverts on TV is anything to go by, then it’s been nearly Christmas for a while! But Advent, which begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, sees the start of a more ‘official’ countdown.
This Saturday, December 2 Pearson will once again be participating in the annual People Teach People Conference put on by the Association of Language Teaching Centres in Valencia, ACEICOVA. Now in its third year, the conference draws in hundreds of English teachers from the Valencian Autonomous Community and beyond interested in sharing best practices and thus maintaining and improving the quality of language teaching in their classes.
On the fourth Thursday in November Americans* celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday to celebrate the harvest and other blessings over the past year. This tradition dates all the way back to 1621, when English colonists and the Wampanoag North American Indians shared a feast and signed a peace treaty which was to last 50 years.
Thanksgiving sees families come together for a feast which typically includes potatoes, cranberries, pumpkin pie, stuffing and, of course, a turkey. Here at Pearson we’d like to wish everybody a Happy Thanksgiving! Though we can’t provide teachers with a turkey to celebrate, we can offer five common turkey-related expressions plus ways to use them in class.