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?
‘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]
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
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)
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)