What would you like to talk about on Wednesday 16 February 2011? #ELTchat Poll
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Is there any benefit in getting students to read aloud?
Sue, I think Ken W blogged about that one. I’m thinking you may be of the opinion that there is benefit in reading aloud (?). Am I right?
My question to propose would be:
How do you promote learners’ second language self-image? i.e. How do you make them feel ‘good’ in English? (feel free to edit this one as much as you like!)
Two good questions already…
How about something on teaching learners one-to-one? It’s something we do alot of at our school, and teachers at all levels end up doing it, but it is an area barely touched upon in TESOL courses…so what are our top tips for teaching effective 1-to-1 lessons?
Wrong, actually. I don’t believe there is any benefit it doing it, but I wanted to test the waters
I second Josh’s suggestion, and the other two questions are also of interest to me, so am reluctant to put anything up against them, but would like to put this one to the vote again as suggested by Cecilia @cecilialcoelho last week:
How do you deal with a class with very diverse students (cultural background, age, interests, etc)?
For the past few months, I’ve heard a few teachers say, “Teaching is a thankless job.” Well, I beg to differ. So perhaps we could #ELTCHAT some of the reasons why teaching English is NOT a thankless job.
I liked Mike Harrison’s question – How do you promote learners’ second language self-image? i.e. How do you make them feel ‘good’ in English?
A doubt I always have is: Should I ‘anglicize’ students names? For example, pronounce them as they are pronounced in English and not in the student’s mother tongue? How good is that for students??
Inspired by the 121 question, another about something teachers are often expected to do (not sure about wording):
How can we help CELTA (etc)-qualified teachers who’ve only been trained to teach adults to approach the YL classroom for the first time?
So many teachers go into their first job with an adult qualification and are thrown in to the YL classroom with little or no preparation / conversion.
Hope that makes sense!
Back to school this week and the kids have the Starters, Movers and Flyers exams to get ready for so my question is:
What are the most effective ways to approach exam prep classes?
Not just YL exams obviously, but FCE, IELTS, TOEFL and all the others as well.
I would be interested to hear some good tips on how to activate passive knowledge of vocabulary. By the way, isn`t Wednesday the 16th?
What makes a GOOD learner? How can we help our Ss become good learners?
Leahn, that would be an interesting discussion. I wish I’d got here earlier to back you up! Maybe next time? Anyone…?
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