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]
When in August I was just planning to start my bullet journal for work only (I have another one for the rest of my life), I quickly learned that there are not so many inspiring examples. And if we remove the pages for homeroom teachers in primary or college professors with very different teaching context,… Read More Teacher’s Bullet Journal
The longer our schools stay online, the more we need to pamper the feeling of belonging to a bigger community. Turning on the computers and joining Zoom do not do the trick – it turns into an obligation in no time, followed by boredom and lack of motivation. Creating the sense of belonging to the… Read More Simple ways to strengthen the sense of school community
My current work area is very specific: first of all, it is a multi-lingual group which is so common for international schools; second, our school uses English as a medium of instruction, communication and as an official language. ESL is offered a compulsory course in grades 9 and 10 for those who did not make… Read More Teaching ESL in an international school. Here is what I’ve learnt…