Thoughts · Non-Native Teachers

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

Teaching & Learning

NOW OFFERING: On-Demand Lesson Observations

  One of the greatest sources of professional development for teachers is regular lesson observations and constructive feedback. If you’re lucky, your institution provides this as standard, but MANY TEACHERS ARE NOT SO LUCKY. Many teachers go for YEARS without being observed in their classroom. Until now, I have only conducted lesson observations of teachers… Continue reading NOW OFFERING: On-Demand Lesson Observations

Lesson Planning · Teaching & Learning

The JLA Lesson Structure

Many of the posts that I have written on this blog so far deal with specific parts of the lesson planning process or specific scenarios encountered while teaching. All of these different elements, however, are components of an overarching structure, which is what I’ll be writing about here. This post will introduce and describe the… Continue reading The JLA Lesson Structure

Workshops & Seminars

Workshop: A Practical Approach to Teaching Language

One-Day Workshop for English Teachers 9am Saturday, 29 July – South Jakarta The new school year is just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can give your students the best this year. Students, parents and teachers are becoming increasingly aware of the changing professional and academic environment… Continue reading Workshop: A Practical Approach to Teaching Language