While many students ask this, what they fail to understand is that learning a language does not mean only learning how to speak that language. Of course, it depends on your goal as a language learner; what are you hoping to achieve? If fluency is the focal point, then you should definitely focus on the … Continue reading Practicing Speaking English
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?
One of the questions I get a lot as an ESL teacher is: what do you find to be the most challenging aspect of teaching? Such a naive question, right? I was on maternity leave for over a year (we’re blessed here in Canada) and decided to come back to teaching with a new approach. … Continue reading One Strategy to Boost Motivation
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?”
ELT professionals in Toronto: This is an amazing opportunity to get to know like-minded people, learn more about coaching and meet us!! 🙂 Vertices is sponsoring The 2019 Disruptive Education Conference in Toronto at the CSI - Annex (Center for Social Innovation) on April 6th and 7th. Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-disruptive-education-autonomous-learning-language-coaching-tickets-57358272136 I will be presenting my … Continue reading The 2019 Disruptive Education Conference in Toronto
“What on earth would make someone a non-learner? Everyone is born with an intense drive to learn. Infants stretch their skills daily. Not just ordinary skills, but the most difficult tasks of a lifetime, like learning to walk and talk. They never decide it’s too hard or not worth the effort. Babies don’t worry about … Continue reading The growth mindset
I bet you don’t remember struggling to learn your native language, do you? 😉 Most likely you picked up the sounds and words and chunks from just being exposed to the language and from the fact that you had opportunities to use it. Whenever children have the chance to communicate, they do. The wonderful thing … Continue reading How languages are learned – Part 2