Delta module 1 exam is over

Some impressions after sitting Delta module 1 exam. After more than 15 months of preparation (while also working full time), I finally sat module 1 exam last Wednesday. Of course I can't say anything about the result, as I will not know until next February, but I just wanted to note down some impressions I have had after doing the exam.

Storytelling with YLs

Last year I worked with a group of ten eight-year-olds in an afternoon, after-school class. I met the children once a week for one hour and a half, the idea behind it being to reinforce what the children were already doing at school using children's books as a base for the lessons. At the time... Continue Reading →

Product vs. process listening

Sometimes coincidence is just too vague a term to describe a series of seemingly unrelated events which take you in a certain direction. However, for lack of a better term, I'd say it is coincidence that made me want to read more about different approaches to teaching listening skills. Coincidences Some time ago, Marc Jones... Continue Reading →

Have you got OR Do you have?

This is a dilemma I often face, especially with beginner or elementary students. Do you usually teach them the form 'have you got any brothers or sisters?' or 'Do you have any brothers or sisters'? [Here's an interesting discussion I found on this topic.] The dilemma stems from the fact that students often get confused,... Continue Reading →

Re-engaging teenage students

This is a follow-up to my previous post about a student who completely switched off during my first lesson with his group. I had another (the third) lesson with the group today, and here's what I did to improve the situation. How I tweaked my lesson After the first couple of lessons, during which I "studied"... Continue Reading →

Students switching off

I have recently started a new course with a small group of 17-18-year-olds in a school. The course is aimed at supporting the work their classroom teacher is doing, with a possible outcome being to then prepare the students for a certification. I had my first lesson last week, and as usual I prepared a... Continue Reading →

Does equality really exist in ELT?

Lately I've been feeling a bit pessimistic about the state of ELT. It feels everyday more like a club we NNEST are not welcome to join. When I look around me, online and offline, I see more and more people participating in the NEST-NNEST debate, affirming that there should be no differences. That gender, colour... Continue Reading →

This year I have been given many more YL classes at school, so expect to read posts on teaching children or teenagers. Contrary to what I believed, I am actually enjoying the new challenge. I will keep track of my progress and any difficulties or issues that arise here on this blog. As usual, thank... Continue Reading →

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