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Teachers’ Assessment: Can students’ end of the year feedback empower the identity of back to school - teachers?

  By Vassilakou Evangelia  Introduction/The big questions   Typically, there have been two main approaches to teacher evaluation, namely the practice-based assessment referring to classroom observations by experienced peer teachers and the teacher value-added assessment based on students’ test scores. Students’ evaluation of teachers also occurs...

How can I become a better teacher? A review of teacher development approaches

Undoubtedly, change is inevitable in today’s life. Since development means change and growth, can outside change become the motive to personal development? Defining the term teacher development, it is “the process whereby teachers’ professionality and/or professionalism may be considered to be enhanced (Evans, 2010, p. 131) and professionality in turn...

Breaking the Fourth Wall in Teaching

When Forest Gump (Tom Hanks) sits on the bench offering chocolates to the listeners of his life story while this story is unfolded before viewers’ eyes, Forest breaks the so-called fourth wall convention.   By Dimitris Maroulis, AdvDipEd – MEd – EdDoctorate   Fourth wall is a convention that best describes the relationship between the stage action...

The Influence of Teaching the Teachers

Supposing you hold the currently released ELT News issue, the present feature section must be of fervent interest to the readership.   Reasons for Prioritizing Lifelong Education and Skills Development   Through educating oneself, the ESL/EFL teacher accomplishes an influential multi- faceted effect:   They essentially nurture their professional...

How to Support our B2-level Students while Preparing them for their LanguageCert International ESOL Spoken Exam

  Oral exams can be a stressful part of the certification process. With this in mind, we are here to answer some of the following questions: how do LanguageCert markers assess the B2-level candidates’ oral performance and what information can we share with our students when preparing for their Spoken Exam?    By Paul Bouniol, LanguageCert Academic...

How to teach adult restarters

Are you considering working with adults? Have you been approached by adults who would like to brush up their English or restart from where they’d stopped some years ago? In these cases you may not know exactly what they need and/or you maybe unsure of where to start with them.   By Maroussa Pavli Those learners sometimes say ‘‘I’d like to start my...

WHEN YOUR ENGLISH “RUSTS”

Can there be a comeback? Psychologists Jeffrey Bowers, Sven L. Mattys, and Suzanne Gage from the University of Bristol performed an interesting survey a few years ago. They selected English native speakers who had learned some difficult foreign languages such as Hindi or Zulu.  By Emmanuel Bouhalakis, EFL Tutor Their findings, which appeared in an...

How do you restart, refresh and refine your English?

  More and more adults are signing up for English classes either to receive a certificate, refresh their long-forgotten skills or just be able to use English for professional or personal reasons. While teachers might think adults will be ‘easier’ lessons because they are mature, more disciplined and know what they want, it sometimes doesn’t work out that...

5+1 valuable tips to consider before choosing a course book

Picking the right course book isn’t always an easy task. What you think may be the best choice, can prove to be a costly mistake for your class. However, no textbook can perfectly fit in each and every teaching situation and satisfy the needs of every group of learners or meet the requirements of every curriculum, or even suit every teacher. As...