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What the C-test is. By Lucy Katona and Zoltan Dornyei from: Forum English Teaching The C-test is an integrative testing instrument that measures overall language competence, very much like the cloze test.

What the C-test is

It consists of four to six short, preferably authentic, texts in the target language, to which “the rule of two” has been applied: the second half of every second word has been deleted, beginning with the second word of the second sentence; the first and last sentences are left intact. CELTA Lesson Frameworks. I had a request last week from a reader who wanted to know more about lesson frameworks.

CELTA Lesson Frameworks

I wrote about how useful they are a while back, but only gave one example. So, I’ve dug out my excellent CELTA handbook (from IH Budapest) and summarised most of the frameworks mentioned. I’ve added a bit of information to explain some stages a bit more. Here’s the basic structure for… Receptive skills lessons Note: receptive skills are reading and listening Lead-in – Generate interest in the topic / text. Orientation to text – What do you need to tell the students about the text to prepare them for reading/listening? Gist task – set a short task based on general understanding of the text as a whole. Pre-teach vocabulary – Teach any vocabulary needed for the detailed task Detailed task – set a task based on detailed comprehension (formats might include gap fills, ordering events, true/false, etc).

CELTA - Lesson Planning. At International House Rome we use the above template for lesson plans on the CELTA course.

CELTA - Lesson Planning

A sample is also provided above. An evaluation sheet should be used to reflect on your own teaching immediately after having taught and this is in your course handbook. Please remember to also include the following sheets when teaching grammar or vocabulary with your lesson plans: The blueprint procedure for receptive skills lessons (reading or listening based lessons) is also here:File Not Found Lesson planning can be a very difficult part of CELTA as it can take up a lot of your time.

Every teacher has their own strategy which works for them but a few general points to remember are:Your overall aim needs to be appropriate to the learners you are teaching. How to write CELTA lesson plans. In her latest guest post, Nicky Salmon talks about how to write effective lesson plans on the CELTA/Trinity TESOL course.

How to write CELTA lesson plans

What is a lesson plan? On a CELTA/Trinity TESOL course a plan is made up of: 1.The procedure. This is what I will be referring to in this post. (See the example below, kindly included here with permission of Action English Language Training in Leeds.) 2.An analysis of any language –grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation features- that may be included in the lesson. Neuroscience of Learning/Language Acquisition - Part 3. Speaking about the Neuroscience of Learning at the Nat Geo Learning Conference Almost two weeks ago I had the incredible honor and privilege to present at the National Geographic Learning Conference.

Neuroscience of Learning/Language Acquisition - Part 3

I was invited nearly two months ago by Rosane Vidmar, whom I can’t thank enough for the opportunity. Neuroscience of Learning/Language Acquisition – Part 2. Neurociência da Aprendizagem_parte2 – texto em português Ok, let’s go on with the learning tips from our new favorite subject: Neuroscience!

Neuroscience of Learning/Language Acquisition – Part 2

It’s worth stressing that the claims contained in this post have been tested all over the world and, thus, are science-based, which means they shouldn’t be neglected. I do not wish to say that some of our traditional practices in the classroom must be completely discarded, I wish only to defend the idea that the teacher’s praxis must be based on 3 extremely important elements: 1) research-based techniques; 2) relationship with students (rapport); 3) reflection on teaching. Therefore, the next 5 tips, as well as the ones from the last post about Neuroscience, will become the base for effective lesson planning, and, most importantly, student-centered classes. Neuroscience of Learning/Language Acquisition – Part 1. Neurociência da Aprendizagem – texto em português Last year I traveled all the way to Israel to meet Neuroscience expert Dr.

Neuroscience of Learning/Language Acquisition – Part 1

Avi Karni at the University of Haifa. ELT Sandbox Blog - ELT Sandbox. Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design? How many times have you told people, “I’m an instructional designer,” only to be met with a blank stare?

Learning Experience Design: A Better Title Than Instructional Design?

How many people are thoroughly confused about what we do for a living? Last month, Connie Malamed proposed a new name for the field of instructional design: Learning Experience Design or LX Design. This moves the focus away from “instruction” and more to learning. Instead of focusing on the instruction or the materials, our starting point is thinking about the learners and how they will experience what we design.

Connie argues this may help us focus more on learning science as well as being deliberate about designing valuable experiences. Calling ourselves Learning Experience Designers acknowledges that we design, enable or facilitate experiences rather than courses. Learning Experience Design: An Overview and 11 of the Best Resources. Human beings respond to experiences and learn from them.

Learning Experience Design: An Overview and 11 of the Best Resources

As eLearning designers, we need to think beyond modules and training sessions and instead create “experiences” for the learners. UX to LX: The Rise of Learner Experience Design. The term “user experience” or “UX” wasn’t always an overused Silicon Valley buzzword. Coined in the mid ‘90s by Don Norman, while he was vice president of advanced technology at Apple, it refers to an abstract way to describe the relationship between a product and a human. Back then, Norman argued that technology must evolve to put user needs first—the opposite of how things were done at the time. It wasn’t until 2005 that UX gained mainstream relevance: 42 million iPods were sold that year and the mass market experienced great design at scale. Not long after, run-of-the-mill software engineers—once in high demand—weren’t as competitive in the job market. Apps to update your teaching skills. Share this.....

Apps to update your teaching skills

Teacher’s toolbox series Teachers blogging about their favourite tools By Angeles Hergenreder Do you feel your teaching skills need an upgrade? Why reported speech is a waste of time and what you should say instead - Clark and Miller. Have you ever walked away from an English lesson saying, “What?! Emerging skills for ELT digital writers. 40 Things to Do with a Text. This article was written by Dominic Braham and Anthony Gaughan and originally appeared in English Teaching Matters, the English Language Teachers’ Associations journal.

Before we get started…Wait a moment.Before you go ahead and read this article, grab a pen, a piece of paper and a clock or watch.Give yourself 5 minutes and write down all the possible things you could get students to do with a business English-suited text. Twenty-Six different ways to do Gapfills / Cloze tasks | teflgeek.