Student-centred Learning · Teaching & Learning

Teach First, Ask Questions Later

How to get teaching completely backwards. As with many areas in life, often the things that seem most obvious, most instinctual, are in fact not right, and when we pause to look a little closer, we realise that the counterintuitive alternative is actually better. For example, people spend excessive energy trying to avoid making mistakes… Continue reading Teach First, Ask Questions Later

Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

On the Bicycle Analogy, Pt. II

Teaching To Do and Teaching About I recently wrote about what I called the Bicycle Analogy, comparing the process of learning to ride a bicycle with that of learning a language. I concluded that there is a strong parallel between the processes involved in learning to ride a bicycle and learning a language. In this… Continue reading On the Bicycle Analogy, Pt. II

Teaching & Learning

Defining and Developing Classroom Culture

One of my favourite things to talk about with teachers is Classroom Culture. The reason I find it so interesting is that it is the answer to so many questions that teachers ask, solves so many of the problems they face, and it underlies so many of the topics I have written about before. First… Continue reading Defining and Developing Classroom Culture

Learner Autonomy · Teaching & Learning

Secondary Learning Objectives, Part III

Why Secondary Learning Objectives Might Be More Important than Primary Learning Objectives Lately, I have been writing about Secondary Learning Objectives. In my last post, I wrote about some examples and why they are an important element of the students’ classroom experience. In fact, I consider it quite possible that Secondary Learning Objectives are becoming,… Continue reading Secondary Learning Objectives, Part III

Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

Secondary Learning Objectives, Part II

What I Teach When I’m Teaching English I have just written about Secondary Learning Objectives. That post was a fairly general introduction to the concept. Here, I would like to give some specific examples of Secondary Learning Objectives within the context of my own field, English language teaching. Teaching Experiences EFL teachers find themselves in… Continue reading Secondary Learning Objectives, Part II

Teaching & Learning

Secondary Learning Objectives

I have alluded in several recent posts to Secondary Learning Objectives, but I have focused on Primary Learning Objectives for the most part. Lately though, many of the questions I get asked are on the topic of Secondary Learning Objectives. When I speak, write or train teachers about learning objectives, one thing that I stress almost above all… Continue reading Secondary Learning Objectives

Teaching & Learning

The Truth Behind the Scores

Exams and Scoring in Indonesian Schools I have been teaching and training in Indonesia for 10 years now, and I have spent most of those years opposing the system of high reliance on numeric scoring and percentages in schools across the board. I have written several posts on this general topic before regarding why I… Continue reading The Truth Behind the Scores

Teaching & Learning

The Mathematics of English Language Teaching

I often feel that one of the main obstacles or barriers that English teachers face is expectations. There are a number of reasons for this, but the two major causes of unrealistic expectations are basic underestimation of the difficulty of learning a language and the dishonest marketing of so many English language learning providers. Where… Continue reading The Mathematics of English Language Teaching