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
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?
“Which test is easier; TOEFL or IELTS?” If you are a teacher, you’ve probably had many students ask you this question, and if you are a student, you have most likely wondered about this. That's totally valid; after all, you are the one taking the test and need to know which you should complete! Not … Continue reading TOEFL vs. IELTS; which one is easier?
“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?