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Activating a Community of Practice: Innovate ELT Conference, Barcelona 2016, Emma Louise Pratt

Social Learning is the informal learning that takes place in our fluid social spaces, and I argue these to be in face to face communities as well as online.  They are the spaces where we expand our learning networks and gain knowledge on the fly. Our communities of practice help us make sense of that knowledge in a timely fashion. It’s needs based learning. And it’s very necessary now.

Replacing the Course Material
Replacing the Course Material

Having a background in museums, I’m well familiar with the term “curate”. In a museum sense, the curator is the subject specialist and chief story-teller. By the end of the 1980s, the museum community was finally questioning its role as gatekeeper and chief filterer of information.

Apply and Prepare for the CELTA Course
How can I apply and prepare for my CELTA course?

How can I apply for a CELTA course? What are the best ways to prepare for the CELTA and even come out with a better result at the end? Let’s find out, shall we?

English Language Teaching Books
English Language Teaching Books

These books on English language teaching are often on the recommended reading list given to you by many teacher trainers. Some may help with your pre-training tasks set for you by your tutors.

Learners and teaching pronunciation
Teaching Pronunciation in the Classroom

Tony Penston, founder of TP Publications and author of “Essential Phonetics for English Language Teachers”, and “A Concise Grammar for English Language Teachers”, gives us his views on embedding pronunciation correction successfully in a lesson.

TEFL Motivation Issues
Motivation in the classroom

What can we do when we are required to complete a coursebook – say for example the learners need to successfully pass an exam – but the content is not relevant to the learner or motivating them to be participative and communicative in class?

The Power of Noticing
The Power of Noticing

Observation is important when thinking about learning in any context – watching how understanding, epiphanies and other learning experiences take place, where and when. Observation in itself, is part of learning.

Teacher Centred Learning
Teacher Talk. People Talk.

When we’re talking it’s hard to know what’s going on in the heads of the learner. How do you control your teacher talking time (TTT)? And is talking really so bad?