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3 ways to use observations effectively

Read more ...It might well be that my selling skills are rusty but in the four years I have been running Input on Education, there is one service that school owners favour the least and this is the topic of this month’s column: observations and how we can use them as a tool for development and not as a means of intimidation.    By Maria...

Integrating Multilingual and Multicultural Awareness in the EFL Classroom

Read more ...The teacher’s role in the EFL or ESL classroom has seen a great many changes over the past century as different theories and methods - often contradictory- have evolved. Traditional approaches to learning viewed teachers as authorities whose main role was to pass on knowledge to students, whereas cooperative learning was discouraged in favour...

Designing a course for adult learners: An analysis of the process and some tips

Read more ... In my previous article I looked at the basic concepts in designing a course for adults. This article analyses the steps followed during this process and offers suggestions for each of those steps. The design process starts with an initial needs analysis followed by goal and objective setting, material selection, specification of the tasks to...

Motivating Adult Learners

Read more ...The expansion of life-long learning along with ever-shifting workplace demands has brought into our schools and classrooms a growing number of adult learners.  Their learning needs, learner identity and learner characteristics differ significantly from those of young or teenage learners, yet oftentimes there is little reflection on how we are...

Presentation Skills? Seriously? (Part Eight)

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Read more ..."This One's for the Children" Telling a story has been used almost since the beginning of time as a means for sharing and interpreting experiences, as a means of instruction, as a means of transferring knowledge from the expert to the novice. It is universal, it is engaging, it is effective, it is relevant, it is personal. And it is...

Presentation Skills? Seriously? (Part Seven)

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Read more ...An integral part of preparing and carrying out a presentation has to do with the selection of the appropriate software. Most of us would tend to use what is readily available: the software that is installed on the computer we use. This fact, however, should not deter us from exploring other choices that are available. There are a number of criteria...

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