Jakarta Language Academy · Teacher Development

JLA TEACHING CERTIFICATE JANUARY 2018

Start the year with your best foot forward by getting your TESOL Certificate with Jakarta Language Academy. And where better to do it than the STUNNING Indonesian Island of Bali, known to the locals as Island of the Gods! Contact JLA today to find out more and to register... karl.millsom@jakartalanguageacademy.com (+62) 8788 4964582 (Call, Text,… Continue reading JLA TEACHING CERTIFICATE JANUARY 2018

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#TeacherTalkTime · Non-Native Teachers

Teacher Talk Time Round Up (III)

At the end of September, the Teacher Talk Community met up for the third monthly Teacher Talk Time. For this session, we went with something a little bit different. In the first two meetings, we chose themes related to teaching approaches and methodology, and these will continue to be our main focus, but last month… Continue reading Teacher Talk Time Round Up (III)

Education · Reform

What is education and what is it for?

This might seem like a stupid question on the face of it. We all know what education is, you might think. And I think to some degree that’s probably a fair claim. We all know what education is because we’ve all experienced it. We could all point to it and say, “Look, that’s education”. However,… Continue reading What is education and what is it for?

Thoughts

On Teaching “Those Students”

Today I came across this post on LinkedIn with a good number of “likes” and only assenting comments. While I appreciate the underlying sentiment here, I do think it’s a little  dishonest. And to be clear, I don’t mean that I disbelieve that the original poster truly feels this way. But people get a lot… Continue reading On Teaching “Those Students”

Non-Native Teachers · Thoughts

On Native and Non-native Teacher Equality

  It feels cheap to start this article with a list of caveats, but it also feels necessary. During my career as a teacher (9 years in so far, so not a lifetime, but far from negligible), I have experienced teaching in a number of different types of institution alongside both Native and Non-native Speaker… Continue reading On Native and Non-native Teacher Equality

Education · Teacher Development

On Progress or the Lack Thereof

Why Education Stagnates A colleague recently asked me a particularly interesting question, the answer to which I had held in my head for quite some time but had never really verbalised before. As such, I wasn’t able to express myself as clearly as I would have liked at the time, so this post is an… Continue reading On Progress or the Lack Thereof

Lesson Planning · Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

Teaching–Learning Structure for Productive and Receptive Skills, Part III

This is the final part of this short series of posts. The previous post focused on how to structure lessons focused on the productive skills, speaking and writing. In this post, I shall outline the same for receptive skills, reading and listening. Developing Receptive Skills There are many things different about receptive skills when compared… Continue reading Teaching–Learning Structure for Productive and Receptive Skills, Part III

Lesson Planning

Teaching–Learning Structure for Productive and Receptive Skills, Part II

In my last post, I introduced the idea of learning processes for productive and receptive skills within the lesson structure that I had previously written about, here. This post will continue the concept, focusing specifically on an effective structure for developing the productive skills, that's speaking and writing. Developing Productive Skills When we choose to… Continue reading Teaching–Learning Structure for Productive and Receptive Skills, Part II

Lesson Planning · Teaching & Learning

Teaching–Learning Structure for Productive and Receptive Skills, Part I

I have written before about Lesson Planning. I have talked at length about constructing learning objectives here and here, and I have given some ideas for a function-based approach to lesson planning. In that last article, I advocated for beginning the planning process with focus skills and practical functions in mind. In this short series, I… Continue reading Teaching–Learning Structure for Productive and Receptive Skills, Part I