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Friday, 06 January 2017 15:00

New Year's Resolutions

The New Year has started and the old year seems years away. Some people go on a diet, while others want to give up smoking. I have decided to throw out the majority of my old resources and to create a new collection. Teaching your most successful lessons again and again is perhaps guaranteed success but not really challenging. My resolution is to use more realia and authentic materials in class. 

In recent years, we have seen an increase in websites providing a plethora of resources for teachers and, apart from making a teacher's life easier, it also provides you with fresh ideas. What I got particularly interested in is using video in class and creating some of my own materials with videos that are both current and appealing to the students.

I would love to hear what your resolutions concerning ESL are for the new year!


Happy New Year

Monday, 02 February 2015 12:33

To Pre-Teach or not to Pre-Teach Vocabulary?

To pre-teach or not to pre-teach vocabulary.

I recently discussed this with my fellow teacher trainers. Should we pre-teach vocabulary in a receptive skills lesson?

I'm in favour of this as it will make it easier for students not to get caught up in a bottom-up approach (i.e. getting stuck on individual words with an unknown meaning) when reading or listening. Pre-teaching/ checking meaning/ providing a glossary of words that are essential to doing the tasks, in my opinion, is part of activating prior knowledge on the topic and setting context. 

However, some colleagues would argue that this pre-teaching is exactly what you want to avoid as it goes against a top-down approach and thus post-teaching vocab would be more beneficial.

What do you think?