Homeroom teacher, classroom teacher, whatever you call it, there is always one. What is this role about, what should one pay attention to?… Read More Being a homeroom teacher
This school year has been a very special one, and this is not a compliment. The mess started in spring 2020 when we plunged all the way into a full-scale online program from what seemed to be the iron-bound educational traditions: lessons are done in a classroom, handwritten notes, seeing each other every day, the… Read More Lessons of 2020-2021
One of the first text types ESL student have to master is an article. The tasks are usually very straightforward; they deal with the daily-life topics and do not expect deep subject knowledge on nay topic. The length of the text is not ambitious, neither is the word count. What many students find hard is… Read More Article writing for IGCSE ESL
One of the courses I teach is English General paper (Cambridge curriculum). The main point of the course is to provide our students with the skills to write academic essays and to read thoughtfully texts of different nature. All in all, it must be a prep course for the uni-level Academic writing classes. The coursebook… Read More What if we’ve been teaching essay writing all wrong?
One evening you, an experienced language teacher with a degree in linguistics, teaching or something directly related to your field, get caught by an occasional passer-by who happened to know of that background of yours. And normally you get all the respect and no one ever questions you ability to use the English language effectively.… Read More The right not to know
‘In many regions across the globe, a citizen’s ability to speak multiple languages is ‘normal and quite unremarkable’ and is ‘an instrumental response to mundane needs’ in the life of the considerable percentage of people. As we shall see, our ancestors utilized it [multilingualism]: first to help them survive, then to barter and prosper. They… Read More ‘Linguanomics’ by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun [notes]