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Coronavirus and distance learning: Challenges and benefits

iStock 1202470524  By now, everyone living on planet Earth must have heard of coronavirus pandemic – that’s a wild guess. But, to say the least, many people know and have been affected by the coronavirus. Ranging from the health sector to business and beyond, everyone is feeling the heat. Unfortunately, students are not left out. In fact, in the past weeks...

Remote learning can help students develop soft skills

Remote learning can help students develop soft skillsThe speed of changes during these unprecedented times we are all  going through are profound and in many cases, so are the opportunities. In the field of education, it is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic is reshaping many of its aspects. This sudden change forced many teachers to shift digitally, to virtual environments, trying to find their way...

Training myself to be curious

1 xxP4mwlsMCiUA3bn3Tu6hA  “The more courses I take and the more I learn, the hungrier I feel for more knowledge. It’s like training myself to be curious.” Learning for learning’s sake is a rewarding experience. And once you start learning, it’s difficult to stop. The trick is to choose a subject that you really care about and know what you want to achieve. It’s the third...

Register transfer: Sadly, a skill no longer required by exam boards

Register transfer  One of the criteria used by examiners when marking the writing paper in examinations is the so called “register transfer” i.e. whether a candidate’s answer is written in the appropriate style, if it has the right degree of formality or informality or even whether it is too personal, or not personal enough. The fact that most, if not all, C2-level...

10 Pros And Cons Of A Flipped Classroom

flippedclassroomMany of us can recall instances in our lives where we found ourselves idly sitting in a classroom, eyes glazed over, half listening to our teacher as they lectured in front of the room. These scenes are all too familiar in today’s schools, as the traditional model of learning has primarily revolved around a teacher-centered classroom, where instructors...

Don’t be this teacher!

gettyimages 97864091I have this new hobby. I torture myself by visiting teachers’ fb groups, I read terrible things they write and I collect gems for my next workshop, “Don’t be this teacher”! No joke. It sounds presumptuous but honestly, I’m seriously fed up with the nonsense I read. Not only because I read a bunch of unscientific claims about language teaching but mainly...