Month: October 2012

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How do you deal with cultural issues in the multi-cultural classroom? – An ELTchat Summary 17/10/12

Summary of ELTChat, 17 October 2012, by Marjorie Rosenberg     This chat had a number of threads which I have organised here into topics with short introductions.     Definitions We looked for a common definition of what we understood by cultural issues and several different ones came up which gave insight into how…
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How important is Creativity in the Classroom? #ELTchat Summary 10/10/2012

First of all I’d like to thank everyone who chose this topic…my topic  I have regularly suggested topic over the last year or so but this was the first one that people actually selected (and as the first choice) so thank you very much. Right on with the summary. This choice was inspired by two articles…
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What is mindfulness and how can it be used in ELT? #ELTchat Summary 10/10/2012

This summary was contributed by Philip Longwell  – @teacherphili – and is reposted here from his blog with his kind permission “Yesterday is history tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Grand Master Oogway tells it like it could be, to Po.   On 10…
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Teaching vocabulary – #ELTchat summary 19/09/2012

This summary was contributed by Andrea Wade on her blog and is reproduced here with her kind permission. 12noon BST on Wednesday 19th September, 2012. The full title of the chat was: ‘How should we approach vocabulary teaching and learning?  Is there a place for rote learning?  What is the current thinking about it?’   I have to…
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First Lesson Activities – An ELTchat summary

This summary was contributed by Genevieve White on her blog and is reproduced here with her kind permission. First lessons are equally significant for teachers and learners, as it is here where the initial steps towards establishing a supportive group dynamic are made. So what can teachers do to ensure that their first lessons engage learners, and at…
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Do you teach grammar explicitly? If so, how? If not, why not? – An #eltchat summary

This summary was contributed by Shaun Wilden on his blog and is reproduced here with his kind permission. The topic (for the 12 BST #eltchat on 20.09) was suggested after #ELTchatters had read and started to react to an article from the Guardian written by Catherine Walter.  Therefore you might want to read the article before the summary.  One…
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What Makes A Good Teacher Trainer? – ELTchat Summary (26/09/12)

This summary was contributed by Antony Gaughan on his blog and is reproduced here with his kind permission.   This is a summary of an ELTChat for the benefit of the #ELTChat community What do you get when you pose a question like this to a bunch of committed teachers and teacher trainers? Before anything else happens, you…
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Building rapport and confidence with students in ELT classes – A Summary

This summary was contributed by Tim Crangle on his blog and is reproduced here with his kind permission. INTRODUCTION This evening’s chat was about building rapport and confidence with students in ELT classes. It was quite a lively chat with a number of threads going on. If my calculations are right, there were 283 tweets over the…
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Helping Students Improve their Speaking Abilities for Proficiency Tests – an #eltchat summary

This summary was contributed by Andrea Wade on her blog and is reproduced here with her kind permission.   This is a summary of the #eltchat which took place at 12noon BST on Wednesday, 11th July, 2012.  It was an informative discussion with most of the ideas coming from the participants themselves, rather than through links to external websites…
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How can we best teach S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G?

This summary was contributed by Phil Longwell on his blog and is reproduced here with his kind permission.   Last night’s lively ELT Chat (11/07/12) was on the topic of ‘how can we best teach spelling’ – question mark not included.  After previous attempts to get this topic discussed and two third-places in the previous two weeks, ‘spelling’ finally…
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