Online Teaching: Making Space for Social Connection

A lot is going on right now around the edges of our predominantly online teaching – we all know it! In the middle of giving an online workshop on Saturday for the 2020 CETA Symposium, I noticed a text message from my neighbour, who is in isolation with her family having driven to Stansted AirportContinue reading “Online Teaching: Making Space for Social Connection”

Task-Based Learning: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Online Language Classroom

Task-based learning: ways to create engaged online face-to-face learning How can we keep our fatigued online learners engaged in our lessons? How can we create meaningful connections between us all? These were two questions that came up over and over again during the online teacher workshops that ELTcampus ran to help teachers face the newContinue reading “Task-Based Learning: An Introduction to Drawing as a Tool for the Online Language Classroom”

The teenage brain: what we as teachers need to know.

Teaching English to Adolescents: An alternative platform if you are having trouble with youtube: Teaching teens: the teenage brain The teenage brain: why it’s important for teachers to understand it. During adolescence, the teenage brain and particularly the prefrontal cortex are undergoing massive development. Picture a massive and busy building site with cables and wiresContinue reading “The teenage brain: what we as teachers need to know.”

Teaching English to Adolescents Online Teacher Training Course

Teaching English to Adolescents: An alternative platform if you are having trouble with youtube: https://vimeo.com/427723364 Online Course Teaching English to Teens and Pre-Teens When we’re teaching English to adolescents, creating an effective learning environment for our kids is like building the perfect nest. Without the right conditions, healthy development of mind, body, and spirit willContinue reading “Teaching English to Adolescents Online Teacher Training Course”

Online English Teaching Activities

A group of teachers got together to share ideas about online English teaching activities to try. We also discussed tools and tips for making our lessons more engaging and dynamic. We had some fun experiencing different learning interactions and began with trying a listening activity ourselves.  It reminded us what it feels like to beContinue reading “Online English Teaching Activities”

Tips for Giving Instructions When Teaching English Online

Teaching Online: Giving Instructions in an Online Class Poor instructions ruin a lesson. That simple. When you haven’t planned what you want to say regarding instructions and how to say it, we compromise the timing, the activities and the objectives that form our lesson. So what happens when we are teaching online? The other morningContinue reading “Tips for Giving Instructions When Teaching English Online”

Teaching English to Young Learners: Mental State Language

  In the previous video (transcript below), I introduced some ideas about the roles of a carer (teachers, elders, parents etc.) in the lives of young learners and pre-teens.  The term pre-teens refers to 9-12 year olds. These ideas have their roots in the theory of secure attachment. Through teaching English to Young Learners, partContinue reading “Teaching English to Young Learners: Mental State Language”

Rob Howard, Neurolanguage Learning and Coaching

What can we learn from neuroscience and learning to apply to English language teaching?I spoke with well-known Business English language and communications specialist Rob Howard about the 4th International Neurolanguage Learning Conference taking place in London later in April 2020. Rob and I talked about his training in Neurolanguage Coaching and what it means forContinue reading “Rob Howard, Neurolanguage Learning and Coaching”

Teaching English to Young Learners: Anger in our Classrooms

Reflecting on Anger and Classroom Management when teaching English to Young Learners At my age, a lot of memories of being seven-and-a-half have been pruned or locked away. But this memory of being told off at Halloween has always stuck. Why should that be? In this article we look at the effects of anger andContinue reading “Teaching English to Young Learners: Anger in our Classrooms”