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…
Any time I happen to start an off-line course, the very first session inevitably opens with this or that type of an ice-breaker. Honestly, I am ok with those games in general, as long as I don’t have to take part in throwing an imaginary ball, repeat dance movements together with all the fourteen names… Read More Break the ice!
Recently I’ve been working hard to really understand the topic of assessment. I was going through the types of validity, wondered about the impact, tried to make connections to the tests at my work and did my best to figure out what the test really measures and if it is enough. I was also reading about… Read More How good is good enough?
Recently I caught myself on a total attachment to my laptop: I was taking it with me to all the classes, no matter what age, topic or materials I used. In some cases, we had an electronic version of the book, sometimes – online materials or listening but often there was a speaking class with… Read More Unplugged (literally)
В процессе подготовки к экзамену я поняла, насколько мой учительский мозг привык подмечать ошибки, недочеты, проблемы и неправильные предложения. В двух заданиях первого модуля DELTA нужно описать сильные и слабые стороны а) работы одного студента; б) теста, выбранного учителем для определенного класса. И с weaknesses как раз проблем нет, я легко и непринужденно нахожу нужные три,… Read More Negative thinker или учитель, который хвалит.
I used to think that I am a good teacher, that I can keep my students engaged and motivated, that I can always come up with the right decision. Illusions of early teaching years. Illusions of disciplined Chinese classrooms. But the moment, I stepped into a Turkish classroom, was a real eye-opener. I work in… Read More A crash test on classroom management