A NNEST is a non-native English-speaking teacher as opposed to a NEST, native English-speaking teacher. Currently, about 1.5 billion 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?
My students using fortune-teller origami to generate discussions. Notice how much space there is in the room to allow for movement. In a recent blog titled “Teaching (VERY) Young Learners”, we promised a list of activities you can use not only with young learners, but also young adults and even adults. Without further ado, check … Continue reading Activities for Young Learners and Young Adults
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.
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?
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?”
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
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?
“It's past 11:00 pm on a Tuesday night and I'm sitting on the couch staring at the 4 different stacks of papers I have yet to grade - and them staring right back at me, judging me, sensing my guilt - I wonder why teachers procrastinate to this extent.” Whether you are a language student … Continue reading Procrastination – friend or foe?