CELTA Preparation: What is Learner Centredness in Teaching?
In this article, we’ll have a look at this key concept that you need to understand as part of your CELTA preparation. We’ll also have a look at and some of the difficulties in applying it in English language classroom.
Homo Ludens? Learning and play in the language classroom
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.
Learner Centredness, Management, Language Clarification, Practice, Skills and Planning
Part of being a teacher is also like being a camp leader. How a group bonds, how they manage cultural difference, and solve problems at a social level really affects your class. Language clarification aside, you need to have techniques, approaches and activities that help develop rapport.
Getting the Buggers to Behave, by Sue Cowley
“This book gives you advice on behaviour management that is easily accessible and equally easy to apply. This book provides plenty of information on the basic of behaviour management, lots of tips and ideas for managing the physical aspects of the classroom environment. The ideas and advice given are based on common sense observations and strategies that have worked for me.”
Travelling together from the unknown to the known: Tony Gee, Workshops and Project-Based Learning
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.
Where the Growth is. An Interview with Jim Scrivener.
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.
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.
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?