HUB

18

Jan 2016

Building professional identity in a community of practice

When we decided to start our careers as teachers by working for someone else, we started to participate in a community of practice and began to define who we are professionally –that is: we started building a professional identity–. Maybe for some their profession is merely what they do to get money, for others it might be a quest for discovering how things work or just keep…

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web-classes

15

Jan 2016

The joys and tribulations of web classes

It’s 8:30 in the morning. Your 3 students from Valencia, Zaragoza and Barcelona are getting ready for a web class. In half an hour, they will all be enjoying their 30 minute web class with each other and their favorite teacher. No, they will not be commuting to Madrid at the speed of sound in order to be together in class by 9:00, nor will…

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A perfect ESL conversation

11

Jan 2016

A perfect ESL conversation

I’d like you to look back at your past experiences as a student. What were the best memories you had about those classes?What could you do to recreate them in your classroom? Personally, my best memories are the ones where I had the most fun. When the teacher thought outside the box and did something different and challenging for a change. It wasn’t so much the…

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Teaching Taboo Subjects

08

Jan 2016

Teaching Taboo Subjects

When I first started teaching I found myself teaching an activity about relationships to normally out-going group of students. Less than a minute into the discussion one student announced that she did not want me to ask her any questions as she had recently ended a relationship and was too upset to talk about the subject. It was obviously an awkward moment and I mentioned this to…

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