How can Dogme be used with A1 learners? Some ideas about working with low level learners without prepared materials.
Mathew's Language teaching blog
Here are the bare essentials to keep in mind when implementing the 4 Strands with beginners.
Here is one way to ensure a course is being planned with the right balance.
Here is a really good way to repeat language through different skills with minimal preparation. This is great for teaching and independent language learning.
Here are some ideas for integrating deliberate learning activities with pronunciation into a course.
What are some deliberate learning activities we can use for practicing spelling? In the end I demonstrate how this can work with a range of scripts.
Using Word Cards should be a vocabulary activity that all language learners are trained to do so that they can learn and recycle vocabulary on their own.
Our final video for Fluency Development shows how we can practice getting faster with what we know through writing.
Here’s a short reflection of doing my third live observation with learners on my first 100% online Celta.
This is the 13th video of 20. We will talk about how to get more fluent with reading by speed reading and doing repeated reading.
The 4/3/2 activity doesn’t take much time, but it is often not in place on language courses.
This was my first time teaching our Elementary learners on Zhumu and the second time teaching a group of English learners using the software. It was much better!
Here we will complete the picture with the third kind of listening that every language course should have. We will explore activities to improve your listening for fluency.
By holding chunks of text in the mind before you write them down you will improve you working memory and to learn collocations.
You can use word cards with this activity as well. If you’ve ever heard of shadowing, I’ll discuss that briefly here.
This video will give you ideas of how to use intensive reading in a class with students or how to approach the activity if you are learning a language on your own.
You practice transcription by taking an audio recording and writing it out.
By taking advantage of our reading material through writing, we increase the likelihood of going back over useful language that was in the reading and remembering it.
How do you ensure that there is enough repetition of familiar conversations and role plays?
Meaning Focused output with speaking is going to force the language learner to make decisions about language for communicative purposes.
… we primarily learn languages by receiving and communicating messages. Meaning Focused Input through listening is an important piece of that whole puzzle.
Rather than a book of “print-and-teach” resources, this is more like a story about different sets of materials I’ve made and the inspiration behind them.
P. Nation says, ‘Adding an extensive reading program to a language course is the most important improvement that a teacher can make.’
The first video of 20 that I will be making about the Four Strands and how to balance learning on a language course.
I took a successful piece of literature that has endured the test of time and I made it accessible to English learners as a language learning tool.
This post has a few ideas to make the learning more personalized and enjoyable.
This is a list of qualifications that I would recommend to teachers who had questions about professional development and which courses they should take.
Unfortunately many language learners are not practicing what they know enough.
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