#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will:

  • An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning.
  • Ten students, divided into two groups.
  • Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken from the TfL and RMT websites about the Tube strike happening in London this week.
  • The students’ task: work together to find 10 given words/phrases in the text and, with reference to the surrounding context and co-text, discuss their meanings.
  • If their can’t resolve any uncertainties through 2-3 minutes of group discussion, they can look in a monolingual dictionary.

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Disconnected speech: a teacher training adventure

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up with a nasty cold.

A couple of days later, I woke up to discover I’d lost my voice.

A couple of hours after that, I was due to teach a CertTESOL input session.

On phonology.

A sound barrier
A sound barrier

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