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The First Lesson: What to Do and What Not to Do

Author: Matt Prior
It’s that time of year again, when teachers meet new students, students meet new teachers and students meet new students. In this article, I wish to focus on the very beginning of this new beginning: the first lesson. It plays such a significant role in helping build the foundation upon which a course’s success depends that its make-up is deserving of...

Forget the Screen! Become a King or a Queen!

With crowns I will welcome my students in September! I will explain to them that ''every cloud has a silver lining'' and now it's time we all adjusted to the new norm. Wearing our crowns, doing activities, and having an age-appropriate open talk with them, I will try to elicit how important it is to put the era of change and uncertainty behind us. At the...

Using L2 Errors as a Guide to Progress

An inescapable, inasmuch as an eye-opening part of teaching and learning is error-making. Understanding errors upgrades teaching, timely input and appropriate redress. Errors occur, signifying on appropriacy of selected methods and teaching practice, sometimes even on the effectiveness of the preferred educative materials input, implemented approach...

Flipped Learning

When we look at all the assumptions that have been overturned in education because of the pandemic and all the needs that have only grown during this time, what becomes clear is that the frameworks that previously worked for education are no longer guaranteed to function. Something new is needed, and flipped learning may be exactly the right model for...

Learning through video games

  Video games are increasingly starting to become more and more accepted, beyond their entertaining features. They are now used as an art form and as a medium to teach, to influence, or to inform. Video games have also given rise to e-sports, which have become an increasingly popular and lucrative form of sport and entertainment. In recent years, many...

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...

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...

Formative Assessment in Distance Learning

Formative Assessment in Distance LearningSchools are closed but schooling goes on, and it remains crucial that teachers find ways to see what students are learning. Whether we use synchronous or asynchronous online sessions, whether we call it distance or virtual learning, we’re all challenged to provide meaningful education experiences at a distance as the education world grapples with the...