A NNEST is a non-native English-speaking teacher as opposed to a NEST, native English-speaking teacher. Currently, about 1.5 million people in the world speak English and of those, less than 400 million use it as their first language (L1) according to the World Economic Forum. Chances are most teachers of English as a Second Language … Continue reading Should ESL teachers (only) be native speakers?
Learner agency is not a new topic in education but it is, perhaps, the one we should be talking about the most. In general terms, agency is action that arises from deliberation and choice, or, in other words, the power to act.
Many of you out there might be getting ready to take an English Proficiency Exam. There are several reasons you might need to do it: professional advancement, further / international education, immigration. The fact of the matter is that most of us do not take tests for fun, so it is safe to say that … Continue reading Three steps to conquer CELPIP
Years ago, in an educational conference, we were posed one question: what kind of teacher are you? Before you rush to answer “a good one” - which is exactly what I felt tempted to say at that time - you might want to take some time to think about it. One famous teaching style is … Continue reading What kind of teacher are you?
Hi there! If you are new to Vertices Language Coaching, welcome! Our goal is to enable learners of English to truly develop and meet their goals at their own pace, based on their own needs. No learner is like another, so the support Vertices can give you is tailored exclusively to meet your needs. That … Continue reading English Conversation Circle
Does your spine freeze at the mention of a class observation? Do you dread the moment a supervisor knocks on your door? You should know that you are not alone. Also, you should know that there is nothing to fear. First of all, any experienced teacher trainer knows to factor in the stress and anxiety … Continue reading Class observation: what is in sight?
The 2019 Disruptive Education Conference happened last weekend, on April 6. It was a five-guest-speaker marathon on edupreneurship, immigration and learner autonomy. Ada Draeden and MC Anesh Daya Ada Draeden, expert on immigrant success, opened the conference with a talk on “Canadian English: How to Translate your Job Search”. As she states, “language does not … Continue reading Highlights: 2019 Disruptive Education Conference
As soon as any student starts their journey towards becoming a speaker of English, a couple of pre-made sentences, a learner’s ‘toolkit’, is handed them. Statements such as “I am (name)” or “my name is (name)” are the tip of the iceberg. Soon after students are presented with the predictable and unskippable “he is”, “she … Continue reading The social impact of “Where are you from?”
Have you ever encountered dead silence in the classroom? Those long excruciating moments when students do not utter a single word after you have asked a question? How do you handle that? Do you fill the silence up with grammar or vocabulary explanations? Do you engage your students by telling them a funny story about … Continue reading Silence in the classroom. Now what?
Are you going to write an English proficiency test? If so, then, read this. When you enrol to write a standardized exam, you usually have a pretty compelling reason to do so: immigration, education or professional advancement. And in those cases, my friends, almost simply won’t do. The tips I will share with you come … Continue reading 5 tips to write an exam