Category Archives: Idea Bag Newbieness

Priming Experiences

What pre-ELT jobs and/or experiences most ‘primed’ you to not just dip into English language teaching for a year or two but stick it out actually become/think of yourself as an ELTer? What do you look back on – beyond … Continue reading

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“Where are all the unplugged teacher trainers?”…

…Anthony Gaughan asked, in this fascinating post (back in January) on his blog, here: http://teachertrainingunplugged.com/where-are-all-the-unplugged-teacher-trainers  It’s an excellent post and the comment thread it sparked off, too, is full of engaged and engaging discussion. Back in February (as I was just beginning … Continue reading

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Jack C. Richards’ Response REDUX

[I posted the below previously with the second segment containing his reply in a comment. I wanted to get both together in a post though. So here goes…]  Metacognition = just a fancy word for ‘knowing what you’re knowing’ / ‘learning … Continue reading

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Emergent Negotiated Reasoning Skillz

This is what I try do before I ever tell a trainee something is right or wrong… Because: They’ll report their reasoning, perhaps reflecting on it in the process, objectifying it, likely modifying it, maybe negotiating it as they reconstruct it … Continue reading

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Accuracy & Fluency w/ Ur and Thornbury

From itdi.pro…just starting up webinar #2 now on a glorious Sunday morning here in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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Stage 1 Competencies List Redraw

The ‘Focus of the Feedback’ list (see pic post below) we give CELTA trainees helps them visualize ‘the build’ and frame the types of things we’re focusing on as we expect them to process and performative more and more as … Continue reading

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Inquiring re: the role of metacognition

Metacognition = just a fancy word for ‘knowing what you’re knowing’ / ‘learning what you’re learning’ I suppose. Jack C. Richards is this week’s Cambridge English Teacher consultant and he’s chatting about teaching grammar. Below is my post to the … Continue reading

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