This school year has been a very special one, and this is not a compliment. The mess started in spring 2020 when we plunged all the way into a full-scale online program from what seemed to be the iron-bound educational traditions: lessons are done in a classroom, handwritten notes, seeing each other every day, the… Read More Lessons of 2020-2021
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!
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?