EAP · Reflection

My First Postgrad Pre-sessional – Advice to the future me (and whoever else)

After a blissful few weeks’ teaching in Vietnam it was a bit of a shock to the system beginning my first pre-sessional at Warwick University. I have some EAP experience, mostly in-sessional at undergrad level, but the postgrad pre-sessional is quite unique so this was a real crash course. The Warwick course has 2 strands: Text Based Studies… Continue reading My First Postgrad Pre-sessional – Advice to the future me (and whoever else)

Lessons · Reflection

Videotelling: Narrative Tenses with ‘A Thousand Words’

I’ve been trying more actively to incorporate elements of storytelling of late, and found a nice opportunity for a mini-videotelling this week which I wanted to share, along with the revisions I’d make. Videotelling, a term coined by Jamie Keddie, describes a kind of storytelling for the youtube age, exploiting the narrative of an engaging videoclip through… Continue reading Videotelling: Narrative Tenses with ‘A Thousand Words’

Reflection

Teen Summer School HCMC: Successes and Struggles

Oops, it appears I’m already halfway through Summer School at BC Ho Chi Minh City, so a post is well overdue. What can I say, I’ve been busy shovelling delicious Vietnamese food in my face between Brexit-wallow sobs. I love summer school as an opportunity to focus on teaching different age groups (young teens this year), as I… Continue reading Teen Summer School HCMC: Successes and Struggles

Activities · Lessons

My Life Story: Expressing the Hypothetical with Cuisenaire Rods

This post was inspired by an ELTJam post I recently came across and is also an excuse to… a. make my FIRST EVER GIF!!! and… b. revive cuisenaire rods. Poor little things deserted in the back of staffroom cupboards around the world. While avoiding the term l***ning sty*e here, I absolutely love the visceral handling of these… Continue reading My Life Story: Expressing the Hypothetical with Cuisenaire Rods

Conferences · Reflection

Power to the Teacher!!: Innovate 2016

Teacher empowerment was the theme of this weekend’s Innovate 2016, my second ever conference. It was a hotbed of ELT activism, the perfect foil to the big-hitter IH BCN, and I left, yes, feeling really empowered. The best evidence of this being the massive to-do list I made, in fact so massive I may follow this up with a second… Continue reading Power to the Teacher!!: Innovate 2016

Activities · EAP · Lessons

Adapting Socratic Seminars for the EFL Classroom

I’m taking a bit of a liberty claiming to have adapted this activity, as I had the advantage of very high level students to road test it with. This term I found myself in the odd situation of teaching an elective course to a class including one native speaker (Colorado, born and raised) and several other bilingual students alongside… Continue reading Adapting Socratic Seminars for the EFL Classroom