s we have all experienced, the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on all aspects of our lives, not least as a result of the lockdown imposed in many countries to protect lives and slow down the spread of the Covid-19 virus. One side effect of this measure has been the widespread use of […]
Do coaching and technology make a good fit?
In recent years, the use of coaching techniques in ELT has become increasingly widespread. The shift in role from teacher to coach has perhaps been prompted to some extent by the possible financial rewards it can bring, but when working in corporate settings with adult learners, establishing a coach / coachee relationship in the classroom, […]
Make your own multi-media reading materials
There’s a wide selection of good quality self-access sites available to language learners these days. News in Levels, for example, offers learners reading and video material that is updated on a daily basis. I’ve been trying out a newish web tool that allows teachers to deliver to their learners attractively presented multi-media reading material in a […]
It’s ‘busy work’ getting learners to do homework
The aim of the well-attended pre-conference symposium at the IATEFL BESIG Annual Conference in Bonn – organised as a workshop followed by a panel discussion – was to offer delegates some ideas and strategies for encouraging learners to take their English studies beyond the classroom. In the panel discussion, Marjorie Rosenberg reminded us what homework […]
Sometimes using no technology is better – Hands up if you agree!
This post is adapted from an article published in Business Issues, the IATEFL BESIG Newsletter, Autumn 2014, Issue 88, and is reproduced with the kind permission of the Editor, Julia Waldner. In the Cert IBET course I moderate, one of the ten weekly modules is given over entirely to the use of ICT and blended learning. We […]
Simple to implement blended learning
In the CertIBET course I used to moderate, we introduced the participants to a number of teacher-friendly technologies, and one of the ten weekly modules was given over entirely to the use of blended learning in teaching. A teacher based in Korea summed up her thoughts on technology by making these observations: lack of technical […]