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Term 2: What do you want to discuss this term?

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Welcome back,

    I hope you have all had a great break. There have been a few posts over the break.


Thank you all those who responded to Julie Luxton’s request for feedback regarding a proposed English language roadshow.

  • Read Julie’s original post and the responses here

  • and Julie’s roundup of the replies here.


Over the holiday I came across Creativity in the English language classroom. This is a free download from the British Council and pertinent in a term when summative assessment can start to control the teaching process. Some of the chapters have an EFL or young learner focus. If nothing else read the introduction which ends with this advice


Do not try to do too much. Take it easy. And be kind to yourself (Casanave and Sosa, 2007). Try introducing small changes over a period of time. And allow time for activities and for talking about them. Johnson (2010) among many others talks about the need for the slow burn of hunches and ideas.


In a similar vein 5 Useful accelerated learning techniques prompted me to ask what additional skills we provide our learners with for managing their learning in mainstream classes and our own? This article covers chunking, multi-sensory learning, mind-mapping, using memory aids and relaxation. The article pointed out that:


Wanting to learn too much in too little time can cause extreme stress, which in turn can lead to reduced attention.


This article could be incorporated into teacher as a reading text, to be made into a mind map, to write and information report, to make recommendations for new students …  I’m sure you have more great ideas on how to help students learn effectively. I’d love to hear them.


What is on your list of hot topics for this term?


My hot topics include teaching reading. In some ways I see this as a ‘black box’ skill. I use a variety of close reading and extensive reading strategies, individual, group and whole class approaches but still feel that whilst I can see what students ultimately do with the text, I can’t see the hidden processes that go on when they read.


What do you do to teach reading and do you have any good articles on the topic?


And don’t forget - please share your hot topics.


On other communities


On Primary ESOL Online Janet shared Latest gems and professional training opportunities.

On Secondary Literacy Online Alana shared Te Reo/ Samoan language online courses for teachers.

Have a great week


Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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