A Level English, Book notes

‘Linguanomics’ by Gabrielle Hogan-Brun [notes]

‘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]

Bits and bobs, Book notes

“The newcomers” by Helen Thorpe

I am grateful that my paths came across that book, which full title sounds like “The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom”. In a few words it’s a brand new (published November, 2017 – just a few months ago) set of stories of our disturbed world. Stories of teenagers who had… Read More “The newcomers” by Helen Thorpe

Being a better teacher, Book notes

How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)

FToday I have finished reading a great book “Genre, Text, Grammar: Technologies for Teaching and Assessing Writing” written by Megan Watkins and Peter Knapp (2005). It suggests a very elegant way of teaching and assessing any kinds of texts from the genre position. As each genre has its specific features of texts, it can be a good… Read More How to assess writing (if all other systems seem to fail)

Being a better teacher, Book notes

Assessment for Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools (Review + Quotations)

Due to my current studies, I dig deeper into certain areas of teaching, namely needs analysis, course design and assessment. There are lots of materials on all of them but “a good book is hard to find” as you all know. Today I’d like to share the best lines from the book by Martin Fautley… Read More Assessment for Learning and Teaching in Secondary Schools (Review + Quotations)