Techniques & Methodology

A Functional Approach to Lesson Planning

I have discussed in several posts my approach to lesson planning. In particular, I have described my three-part structure for learning objectives and asserted the importance of application in all lessons. In this post, I will take a practical look at how we decide what we are going to teach in our ESL lessons from… Continue reading A Functional Approach to Lesson Planning

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Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

Your Students Will Forget What You Teach Them

And It’s Not a Bad Thing Occasionally, we can teach a lesson and come back to it later only to find that the students have forgotten it entirely. You might have felt that the initial lesson was a diamond—everything went well, the students were engaged, interest and participation were high, everybody left happy and wiser—and… Continue reading Your Students Will Forget What You Teach Them

Classroom Culture · Teaching & Learning · Techniques & Methodology

On Establishing Classroom Dynamics

Classroom Culture, Pt. II At the recent TeacherTalkTime event, an important point was raised that spanned several of the topics discussed. It’s important because it is apparently a fairly universal problem and one that can seem insurmountable to many teachers. The solution, I am confident, falls under the banner of classroom culture, which I first… Continue reading On Establishing Classroom Dynamics

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

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