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
LEARNING A LANGUAGE: What it takes to succeed. Have you noticed that some people are always willing to take up a challenging task while others hesitate and abandon the mere idea of a challenge? How do you see yourself? Group A or B? Here at Vertices, we know that language learning is a process: a … Continue reading Language Learning and The Growth Mindset – Part 1
I recently started working in a new college and I must admit, the experience has been great. I was reassured of what I already believed to be a very powerful but underestimated practice: asking for help. Many might see it as weakness, and oftentimes ego or insecurities hinder us from accepting that we could be … Continue reading To Ask or Not to Ask?
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?