Following the completion of my DipTesol, I’ve taken the bull by the horns and made the transition to Director of Studies. I’ve moved from one of the largest English language school groups in the UK to a small, but growing, private language school in Manchester. I realise that this has come fairly early on in … Continue reading The Loneliness of the Director of Studies
If you’re at all familiar with the ELT industry in the UK at the moment, you’d be familiar with euphemisms like “a period of transition” and “challenging market conditions”. It’s all a far cry from the boom years of four or five years ago. That’s not to say that things are in dire straits just … Continue reading Don’t develop yourself out of a job
I’ve recently completed an online course in using online games in the language classroom, run by Cambridge and eltjam.com. One of the major things that I took away from the course was that games that include what could be called a sandbox element, or an open-world structure where you are free to wander, create and … Continue reading Sandboxes, EFL and CLIL
The past few weeks have been some of the most intense I can remember in my teaching career. I’ve written more than 30,000 words, been seemingly glued to my laptop way into the wee hours, and drunk a lot of instant coffee. Yes, I’ve just finished the teaching practice element of my Trinity DipTESOL, along … Continue reading DipTESOL practical
At school we recently had a week of classes themed on “the media”, and something that struck me from the conversations I had was that people don’t really consume media in the way that they used to. They either don’t pay for anything, or if they do, they aren’t paying for anything tangible, just … Continue reading Subscriptions and Language Learning
All teachers need to take breaks from time to time. Continue reading All change
A busy few weeks have meant an unavoidable hiatus on the blog, and unfortunately also meant that I missed this year’s IATEFL conference in Glasgow. However, I’ve been trying to catch up on what I missed, and one of the talks that grabbed my attention was this one by the great Jamie Keddie, on the … Continue reading “The unhealthy noise in our profession” – Teacher Talking Time
Whether you see your students for three hours a day or three hours a week, it’s vital that you make the most of your time in class. One idea that has been gaining in popularity is the “flipped classroom”, whereby teachers set instructional content for students to do at home, freeing up class time for … Continue reading Flipped classroom: does it work?
Before 2016, June 24th had always had positive connotations for me. It’s Midsummer. It’s my birthday. It’s Lionel Messi’s birthday. A good day. That is, until this year. Nigel Farage declared June 24th 2016 to be Britain’s new “Independence Day”, in celebration of the fact that the EU Referendum held the day before had just … Continue reading Brexit, Immigration, and English Language Teaching
I’ve always been someone who says, “I’m interested in technology in the classroom”, and I don’t know if I’ve really taken much time to think about what that actually means. I think what it boils down to is using the internet to connect or source content, and using a device of some kind to … Continue reading Technology in the classroom: what do we mean?