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!
Some teachers manage to teach the language they cannot call their mother tongue in the countries they can not call their motherland. Non-natives teaching abroad: I’ve got this experience and I want to share it with you. Typology of English teachers Generally speaking, I would divide all English teachers into three categories: Speakers of other… Read More At Home Among Strangers
This post is written as the reflection of the article about different types of mistakes but, this time, based on language teaching. There is no better teacher than our own mistakes. They are memorable and push us to improvement. Let’s have a closer look. The stretch mistakes Students try to speak on the… Read More We need more mistakes
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)
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