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Another Whiteboard Snap: Task Complexity

This one is from TP Feedback just now. Emergent stuff, during discussion of a case of a listening task that was well below optimal…doability (that’s a technical term in my book!). We talked about ways to reduce ‘task complexity‘ for these pre-intermediate … Continue reading

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Dear Diary: An Unexpected Challenge

Trainer-in-training course: CHECK! First full-time course as ACT: CHECK! Second full-time course as ACT: CHECK! Time yet ’till I’m an MCT on a course: CHECK! First P/T (extensive) course: CHE-…aAahhHhhhHh!!!!!! I feel like I’m driving up on curbs and grinding … Continue reading

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My first full Saturday on Extensive CELTA Course

Input sessions GALORE!!! Whew… I’m knackered!

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HIQ (High Irony Quotient) Student Work

From a recent TP class…grammar: if only/I should have/I regret (not) ___ etc…in which learners ultimately imagined the deathbed regrets of famous people… My favorite: “I should have done my work more violently” 🙂

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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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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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