Propose a topic for the 8th of October
Propose a topic for the 8th of October
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I’d like to talk about course length. What different course lengths do people’s schools offer for different levels? How many hours do we think constitutes a an effective pre-intermediate level, for example? How long should it take to deliver the material in a course book so that the students have a relatively high level of retention of the content? It seems to me that newer course books have much more content, yet schools still offer the same length of course, meaning it feels like we are rushing students through material, with less time to exploit the language and work on specific weaknesses. Does anyone agree with me on this?
Although I proposed this topic the week before, I think it is worth mentioning it here again with the hope of it being chosen as a topic discussion. Do grades on degrees and teaching certificates such as the Cambridge CELTA & DELTA count towards finding a job as an ESL instructor? After all, what is their purpose? Why do grades exist?
Fabiana Castella proposed this last week after poll was up
What do you do with FULLY unmotivated Secondary School students -17 almost 18 years old- who would not move a finger even for a good grade which would let them graduate.
Sue Annan also proposed this topic after poll was started
What’s best: separating a class by age or by level?
I’d find it interesting to talk about phonics. English teachers seem to be divided about them. Do you use them to teach reading to young learners? Do you dislike using them because they don’t work with your students? I find that the teachers who love phonics are very defensive and sometimes don’t like to discuss the subject – unless it is with other phonics lovers. Other teachers don’t like using them in class and feel anxious as phonics is ‘imposed’ on them by course book writers and education policies.
I think it would be interesting to discuss;
“How to make writing and feedback more useful for students” – And then focus on how you prepare a writing and how it is marked and followed up.
What do you plan to do to stay our of the normal rut of teaching, preparing and correcting in the coming school year?
Do you have any plans to get out of the rut of teaching, preparing and correcting in this new school year? (for those of us who just began again)
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