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Classroom atmosphere

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Apr 2015

Classroom atmosphere

In the blog I wrote before this one (which you can read about, here) I talked about how student attitude is an important factor of success in learning a foreign language and went on to talk about one contributing influence, the ‘student/teacher relationship’. In this blog, I will be talking about the second influence, ‘classroom atmosphere’ Although there are no specific teaching techniques to make…

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Apr 2015

Chaotic classroom case studies: Tackling the troublemakers

alking about disruptive students is nothing new.  In fact, we have thoroughly addressed this matter in a previous post.  The objective of today´s discussion, however, is to put those principals into practice seeing that a teacher is equally responsible for teaching as for classroom management which is elaborated on in the following clip. This young lady, brings a powerful message across: We have to choose to…

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Teacher/Student Relationship

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Apr 2015

Teacher/Student Relationship

An important factor of success in learning a foreign language is the student’s attitude towards it. A student who considers the learning of English as a positive and rewarding experience is less likely to suffer from foreign language anxiety. However, their attitude is very often influenced by the following: a) teacher/student relationship b) the general classroom atmosphere, and c) the use of authentic teaching materials…

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17

Apr 2015

Extensive and intensive ESL activities: Gist for the fun of it

s you probably know, language acquisition generally consists out of four language skills.  Today we will explore the significance of both extensive and intensive ESL activities related to input language skills.  Note that generally these input skills traditionally consists out listening and reading; however, in this day and age other forms of audio-visual sources are taking centre stage.  Keep this in mind with today´s discussion –…

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The Challenges of Becoming a TEFL Teacher

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Apr 2015

The Challenges of Becoming a TEFL Teacher

Life is full of challenges; from learning how to walk to learning a new job, throughout your years, you will come across things you can do easily to things you find extremely difficult to master. The question is, do you continue trying or do you simply give up? In my previous blog I spoke about it never being too late to do the things you’ve…

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10

Apr 2015

Be brainy: Multiple intelligences theory

of the most intelligent person that you know.  What makes her/him so intelligent? Which quality is it that sets him/her apart from others?  Or should it rather be: Which qualities?  Yes, educational psychologists have been grappling with this concept of intelligence for decades especially seeing that there is no singular approach to intelligence.  It was Howard Gardner who popularised the model for the multiple intelligences…

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It’s never too late to learn how to teach

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Apr 2015

It’s never too late to learn how to teach

As we grow older it’s all very easy to sit and wonder why we didn’t do certain things before it became ‘too late’.  And whenever I hear people say, ‘I wish I’d done this’ my response is always, “What’s stopping you from doing it now?”, a question that usually stops a person in their tracks and makes them think. The replies I get vary from “I’m too…

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03

Apr 2015

How to… set up audio-visual discussion topics

one are the days where we simply slam open a book, get students to read a text and then throw a comprehension test at them.  As time has gone by these activities have transformed into audio-visual discussion topics where we use any source ranging from video or audio clips to online articles, photo posts on social networks and any other form of figure, stats or poll….

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