intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation

Children playing in water sprinkler

Homo Ludens? Learning and play in the language classroom

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Well known author and teacher developer Jim Scrivener spoke to me in an interview a couple of years ago about focusing on where learning is happening. He claims that we devote  lot of time as teachers to almost ritualistic teaching acts to engage and entertain students. In this article I go on to explore this idea further.

Puppet Theatre Workshop

Tony Gee, Workshops and Project-Based Learning

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While contemplating project-based and experiential learning, Emma finds out some key truths for learning in the world of workshop artist Tony Gee, the Artistic Director and co-founder of Creation Myth Puppets. Tony has worked in the arts and as a puppeteer, for over 30 years, touring shows and workshops all over the world.

An interview with Magdalena Brzezinska, English language teacher in Poland

Quiet catalysts for change: The life of a regular EFL teacher

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The world of English language teaching is diverse and full of potential to make it as interesting and challenging as you want to make it. This month we have a conversation with Magdalena Brzezinska. Magdalena has been an EFL teacher for over 20 years in her native Poland, and a teacher trainer for 10 years.

Permaculture is all about letting things get messy and observing ELTcampus

Where the Growth is. An Interview with Jim Scrivener.

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This month we talk with twice ESU Duke of Edinburgh Prize winner, Jim Scrivener. Best known for his book “Learning Teaching” (Macmillan ELT), a wide-ranging guidebook to contemporary English Language Teaching, which won the ARELS Frank Bell Prize, and featured on our reading list, Jim is a freelance writer, consultant, teacher and trainer.

TEFL Motivation Issues

Motivation in the classroom

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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?