What would you like to talk about on Wednesday 23/02/2011

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What would you like to talk about on Wednesday 23/02/2011

Please post your topics for our next #ELTchat on Wednesday, February 23.

Top choice will be discussed at 21:00 GMT & 2nd choice at 12:00 GMT

Each week we alternate top and second choice.

Find your own local time for each chat here for 12:00 London time and here for 21:00 London time.

Please, include topics which

  • have not been covered already in previous #ELTchats
  • are relevant to ELT teachers and teaching foreign languages
  • are not targeted attacks on individuals or institutions
  • are simply and clearly expressed.

The #ELTchat moderators reserve the right not to post comments or to include them in the poll if they do not follow the above guidelines.

13 Responses

  1. Sandy Millin says:

    One of last week’s topics which didn’t get chosen would be really interesting:
    How do you approach exam classes? (Can’t remember the exact wording)

  2. How about…

    How can we help our learners become better at learning a language?

  3. Marcastel says:

    The importance of asking students to include, bring English to their daily lives. Thinking about, exercise daily, any topic they have learnt every day in class. I think it`s essential they work on getting more and more learners independent.

    Any comments?!

    Sincerely yours

    Marcastel

  4. Though this seems rare in ELT, it might be interesting to chat about this. Team teaching: To do tips and tricks.

  5. Beyza Yilmaz says:

    How can we enable our students to think critically?

  6. Frank Prescott says:

    How can we address world changing events in the classroom? Or should we avoid addressing them?

  7. I like Richard’s, but what a difficult question!

    My proposal:

    How do you deal with mixed ability classes?

    Mixed ability as in more and less able students, and the fact that you may have students who are fantastic at one particular aspect of the language (grammar, writing, speaking) but not so good at others.

  8. sue annan says:

    I like Mike’s idea.
    My Proposal:
    How can we get our students’ reading skills to move from dependence on the teacher to independence?

  9. seburnt says:

    What idealism is difficult to implement on a practical level in the classroom?

  10. Michael Grinberg says:

    Hi Marisa and other venerable #eltchatters!

    What about this:

    Using dictionaries, corpora and other reference tools in and out of the classroom?

    Areas to discuss:

    * Tips for using corpora / ref. books in materials development / lesson planning.
    * Activities involving reference books / tools in the classroom.
    * Using r. tools in unplugged lessons. Referencing the emergent language.
    * R. tools and learner autonomy: how do you train your students to use these on their own?
    * Share your experience as an L2 learner, if any.
    * Share your use experience as an L1 learner!
    * Good old grammar books. (How) do you use these?
    * Share links to the tools you and your students use.

    Uff. Sorry for going into that much detail 😛

    Michael

  11. How do you deal with students’ “fossilized” mistakes? How do you handle the things/structures the students learned incorrectly when they were first introduced to it and kept using it so and now have internalized that?

    I’m not sure I was very clear. Please Marisa, Berni, Shaun, Shelly… feel free to reword and change it to make it clearer. 🙂

  12. Claire Hart says:

    I agree with Mike. Discussion on teaching mixed ability groups would be really helpful for me. I´ve just started teaching some large, mixed ability Business English courses.

    Some learners are stronger in some aspects than other learners. Some learners are also more confident than others. The issue also overlaps with that of classroom dynamics, which I´m personally interested in.

    Looking forward to my first ELT Chat on Wednesday.
    Claire

  13. Claire Hart says:

    I agree with Mike: discussion of teaching mixed ability groups would be really useful for me. I´ve just started teaching some large, mixed-ability Business English groups.

    Some learners are stronger at some skills than other learners, but weaker at others. Some learners are also more confident when it comes to producing the language in class than others. This topic also overlaps with that of classroom dynamics, which I´m personally very interested in.

    Looking forward to my first ELT Chat on Wednesday.
    Claire

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