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Teaching is more than teaching kids how to read and write

289267 P6O0DT 533Teaching is more than teaching kids how to read and write; It is about reaching clear to the heart of another human being and using everything you’ve got to make a difference. It’s calming kids when they’ve had a rough recess, celebrating when they lose their first tooth, absorbing their struggles and their traumas, channeling their joy, and investing the...

What helped me teach online

04 What helped me teach onlineThis year, as the pandemic hit and schools shut down, I had to re-invent myself as an online EFL teacher. Here’s a list of things I did to make my (and my students’) life easier. 1. Slow down Online teaching is taking all this to a new, slower, talking level. Different internet connection speeds mean that the sound doesn’t reach all students at the same...

THE SPELLING BEE GAME

20180412 091145 2308                            Auto spelling correction is so convenient nowadays when we type on our PCs or iPhone or all the other electronic devices at our fingertips. Does this mean that we have to give up on the skill of correct spelling?  Indeed some wonder why one should bother. I certainly think there are very clear reasons why we should persevere in...

Teaching Grammar Without Teaching Grammar

Teaching Grammar Without Teaching Grammar1 “The past is always tense, the future perfect.” ― Zadie Smith It’s parents’ favorite worry. It’s a hot discussion topic at children’s parties. It takes pages and pages in coursebooks. It’s the number one assessment focus of EFL classrooms. It’s teachers’ nightmare or glory. It causes heated debates on social media, among teachers: Grammar. Or...

Substitution: two sides of the same coin

sub1Substitution is such a common phenomenon in the teaching profession, that you are bound to be involved in it one way or another. Under the term ‘substitution’ lie many different types; teaching a new class for a single lesson in too short notice, or initially doing it for a short period of time, only to be informed that you are to go on for several...