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TeachingEnglish. Katherine Bilsborough: Lesson plans – less is more. You can travel without a list of course but you will avoid a few problems if you spend a bit of time planning – not a whole week though.

Katherine Bilsborough: Lesson plans – less is more

That would be silly. A few minutes should be enough. Pre-empting problems will bring peace of mind and when it comes to teaching, this is a major defence against burnout and work stress. Password protected padlet. Password protected padlet. Stormboard - Help. Getting Started Create a Storm Click , name your storm and click okay.

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You can change the template after your storm is created. Stormboard - Online Brainstorming and Planning. Add a sticky note and post it online with dot voting. Important to identify and meet individual learner needs. Every teacher must believe and understand that all their learners ought to acquire equal hopes, education and future aspirations from their learning.

Important to identify and meet individual learner needs

On the other hand, the teacher must know that they will meet learners with different dynamics during their teaching career. The main difference is that some students will learn fast, and others will be slower. Again, they will teach learners that are challenged or disabled in some way. In the light of this, it is crucial that a teacher identify and meet the needs of every learner without discrimination. Grouping students. Do you think about whether you’ve got a balance between pairs, groups, whole class and individual work?

Grouping students

If you have activities for pairs and groups, do you let the students decide who they’re going to work with or do you decide? This tip looks at the advantages and disadvantages of the three main ways of grouping students. They are, giving students the choice, random grouping and selecting the groups yourself. Drama techniques to get them talking. Motivating speaking activities for lower levels. Planning time has been shown to increase production in speaking tasks.

Motivating speaking activities for lower levels

Lower level learners often find it especially difficult to speak spontaneously, so these activities incorporate ‘thinking time’ during which learners can prepare for speaking by planning what they are going to say, and asking the teacher or using a dictionary to look up missing vocabulary. The following activities are relatively short, with minimal materials preparation time for the teacher. They are designed for use as a warmer or a filler in the middle or at the end of a class. Definitions lists This activity is good for activating existing vocabulary or revising vocabulary studied in previous lessons.

Getting teenagers talking. Why it's important Long-term and short-term memoryLanguage fitness & agilityAuthenticityWhy they don't use English Peer pressure Lack of motivation Lack of support How we can get students talking Explain why it's important Confidence tricks Attainable goals Conclusion Why it's important Long-term and short-term memory Theoretically, we retain information in two ways: In short-term and long-term storage.

Getting teenagers talking

We transfer information from one to the other by convincing our brains that facts in the short-term memory are valuable enough to be put in long-term storage - otherwise, the information is discarded. Our native language is stored in the long-term memory. Teaching Large Classes. Handling Student Grades Grading in Large Courses: Common Problems Large courses come with grading problems familiar to instructors across a range of disciplines.

Teaching Large Classes

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning. Successful learning experiences in large classes are dependent upon good planning, effective monitoring, inclusive teaching, appropriate assessment, and active engagement by professors and students.

The Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

Here are some tips for professors teaching large classes: 1. Planning Provide a clear syllabus for students, including course learning goals and objectives, student participation expectations, assessment criteria, readings/textbook information, course policies, office hours and contact information.If you will be using a course website or a wiki, test all pages, content, links, etc before classes start. Teaching large classes. This article suggests ways to help discipline, to use group work and to cope with limited resources.

Teaching large classes

What are the challenges of teaching a large class? How can you use group work to help learning in a large class? How can group work help in a large class when resources are lacking? One-to-one: Lesson plans. Teaching one to one. One to one teaching is made more special by the fact that many teachers have to develop their own strategies, approaches and materials; one to one work is common the world over but discussion, support and resources are not.

Teaching one to one

In this article we will look at what exactly makes these classes so different from teaching groups, identify the advantages and disadvantages of learning and teaching in this way, and review some possible approaches and techniques to help effective learning. Why one to one classes are different Advantages Disadvantages Approaches Conclusion. Studies of Fossilization in Second Language Acquisition. TeachingEnglish. The Basics of Course Planning. As the new academic year comes closer, many of you will be starting to plan your upcoming courses. Educational courses are usually governed by the basic principles of Curriculum Design and language courses are no exception. These principles included, among other things, the following: 40 Ways to Add Creativity in Your Lesson Plans. Have you had it up to here with bubble tests? We hear you! To make learning really stick, kids need art, music, drama and hands-on activities.

That’s why we’ve gathered ideas for incorporating more creativity into your day for every grade level. Read on and then tell us how YOU make time for creativity. Teacher Talking Time. A consequence of this was the belief that the teacher’s presence in the classroom should be reduced. Why reduce TTT? Strategies for reducing TTT Positive uses of TTT Conclusion. 21 Ways to Check for Student Understanding.

TeachingEnglish. Checking Understanding. Analysis of the language consists of two sub-stages, often known as highlighting and concept checking. Highlighting is taking the model sentence and showing, telling or eliciting what the problems are in terms of form, function, and phonology. Concept checking is checking the understanding of difficult aspects of the target structure in terms of function and meaning. Concept checking is vital, since learners must fully understand the structure before any intensive practice of form and phonology is carried out. Ways of checking understanding Concept questions Some examples Learning to construct concept questions Conclusion Ways of checking understanding Concept checking is normally achieved by the use of a set of questions designed to ensure comprehension of the target language, raise awareness of its problems, and to indicate to the teacher that the learners have fully understood.

Plickers. TeachingEnglish - British Council - Journal. Scholar.google. Zoltán Dörnyei’s Personal Website. Making Learning Awesome! - Kahoot! TeachingEnglish. TeachingEnglish. Course planning. Pre-service teacher training courses typically focus on the detailed planning of a 40 minute or 60 minute lesson and don’t focus attention on how to go about planning a much longer scheme of work.

This is also an important area to consider though, because most teachers are involved in teaching courses, which may typically last anywhere between 30 and 120 hours. The aim of this article is to share some of the conclusions of a recent project I was part of, with the hope that it might enable other teachers to plan a little faster too! How to Write a Lesson Plan: 5 Secrets of Writing Fantastic Lesson Plans. TeachingEnglish. TeachingEnglish.