Tips and Guidance for Language Teachers

I’ll be putting together videos that demonstrate techniques and approaches that I use when teaching. I hope you find them helpful. For the moment, the selection of videos are not very diverse. I’ll be adding more as I go!

Reformulation during a writing lesson

Reformulation is a good way to take a learner’s out put and and help them improve. During this video, a teacher is conducting a writing lesson where the learners are writing letters to each other on Shimo Wendang (like Google Docs, but more accessible in Mainland China). As the learners are working hard producing their texts, I take the letters and reformulate them while speaking out my thought processes. While I do this reformulation I am recording my screen. In a f2f lesson you may take one text and reformulate it with the learners and speak out your thought processes. By spending time doing this while the learners were working, I was able to cover a lot of their writing and provide after-class feedback for them that was deliverable by video. There is no reason why the teacher couldn’t do this while the students write. 


Guided Discovery

With Guided Discovery, a teacher uses group work and materials to facilitate the learning of new grammar. This frees the teacher from leading the clarification and can promote more collaboration and get the students more involved in learning in general. A trainee from a previous course (Keying) has kindly let me use a recording from her lesson where her learners were working on a guided discovery activity. Unfortunately the recording did not capture the audio. In the video I cover how a teacher can make sure they plan and execute an effective guided discovery activity and I finish off with looking at further examples of guided discovery activities I have made.