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#eltbookclub

Are you a teacher looking for opportunities to continue your professional development? Why not join an elt book club? Jenni Fogg writes about it here.

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I ask a lot of questions on Twitter, for example, ‘what’s the most outside your remit thing you’ve had to teach in the ELT classroom?’ (answers included ‘the legal side of a petrochemical refinery’ and ‘mudlogging’ *shrug emoji*) and ‘what’s in your teaching bag?’ (answers included blu tac, dice, paperclips and obviously fly swatters).

Recently, I asked if an ELT book club existed on Twitter. I asked because I’d like to do a little bit more reading, just one ELT-related book or article a month to get me thinking. Lots of people seemed to like the idea! I suppose doing something with a big group not only encourages connections with people within the community, but it makes us a bit more accountable and more likely to read, even if we secretly just read the first chapter and the conclusion. #nojudgement

So, what’s out there? Turns out there’s plenty for you to get…

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Posted in Teacher Training

Teacher Development Workshops: The Menu

Josh and Tim are experienced teacher trainers with a variety of different teacher development talks and workshops under their belts. If you’re interested in booking either of them to give a session at your school or institution, below you’ll find a menu of the different sessions they offer.

Contact details:

Tim Warre: tim_rd_warre@hotmail.com

Josh Widdows: joshwiddows@hotmail.com

Josh: Teacher Development Workshops

Josh Widdows delivers a range of workshops for teachers to brush up on their teaching with practical ideas that bring the classroom to life, to enhance our students’ learning experience.

 

These sessions have been delivered in various academies around Barcelona throughout 2018. Tailor-made workshops can be developed on request. Sessions are 90 minutes, but can be adapted to 1 hour if necessary.

 

Pre-developed workshops:         100 euros

Tailor-made workshops:            130 euros

 

Practical Pronunciation

Some teachers shy away from integrating pronunciation into their teaching due to lack of knowledge or lack of confidence in demonstration and drilling.

A practical session on ways of using phonemic script both as a teaching tool in the classroom and as a resource for students to use themselves at home.

For all levels and age groups.

 

Revitalise Revision

Revision is often left to the last minute, when really it should be central to our syllabus.

A session of practical ideas to help teachers provide their students with more effective ways to revise and feel better prepared for exams.

For all levels and age groups.

 

The Key to Teaching Transformations

Key Word Transformations can be taxing for our students, so we should give them much more practice, not only with the techniques employed, but also with the grammatical structures used.

A practical session of activities to help learners unscramble the puzzle of Key Word Transformations more effectively. The workshop gives our students multiple opportunities to discover, analyse and practise the embedded grammatical structures in some surprisingly dynamic ways.

Suitable for all main suite exam level teachers, but open to all.

 

Making your board work

What do students spend most their time looking at in the classroom? The board.

A practical session in ways of using colour, layering, planning and visual aids so that boardwork is more effective and enhances the student’s learning experience.

For all levels and age groups.

Tim: Teacher Development Workshops

Tim delivers a range of different 90-minute teacher development sessions, the titles of which are listed below, email me for further details. Bespoke sessions are also available.

Off-the-peg workshops:         100 euros

Bespoke workshops:            130 euros

  • An introduction to pronunciation: Phonemic script & connected speech
  • Making exam classes more engaging
  • Grammar Refresher – Fresh ideas for teaching typical grammar structures
  • Skills Refresher – Fresh ideas for developing receptive & productive skills
  • Using podcasts in the classroom
  • Using authentic materials in the classroom
  • Classroom lifesavers: warmers & games
  • A crash course in young learners
  • A project-based syllabus for young learners
  • An introduction to Cambridge exams
  • Teaching very young learners (3-6 years old)
  • Teaching proficiency & beyond
  • Blogging & developing your own materials

 

Posted in 2Ts in a Pod: Podcast, Listening Classes

2Ts in a Pod Episode 17: The Weird and Wonderful World of Sports

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Check out the latest episode of 2Ts in a Pod, our podcast for B2+ learners. The topic is weird and wonderful sports. We spoke to Mark, who has attended the legendary Gloucester Cheese Rolling event. We also spoke to my sister, Ruth Warre, about the full contact “rugby on rollerskates” sport that is roller derby. This is the first episode recorded in a professional studio! From now on we’ll be recording in Cadenza Studio in Sants in Barcelona.
We’ve included a couple of fun quizzes for teachers to use in class, the timings in the episode are listed below:
 
22:20 – Sport or Not a Sport Quiz
1:01:31 – Sports Vocab Quiz