Just over a year ago, I posted some thoughts about whether Communicative Language Teaching wasn’t a bit hard on more introverted learners, with its almost obsessive focus on maximising speaking and interaction.
I said then that I intended to experiment with (and share) some practical classroom ideas that might suit learners who are more introvert and prefer activities that allow for individual thinking time, processing language ‘internally’, so to speak, rather than by lots of pair- or group-work.
Well, it’s been a while, but I haven’t forgotten about doing this! I’ve finally got around to writing this post, which outlines one such activity that I recently designed and tried out with a small elementary level class. Continue reading →
Thanks to all those who attended my workshop at this year’s ETAS conference in beautiful Thun, Switzerland!
For the first time, I decided not to prepare a handout for the session but summarise it here, instead. You can download my PowerPoint slides here and the other documents I referred to in the workshop from the corresponding sections of this blogpost, below; and you can watch the presentation itself in this video: Continue reading →
Just a quick cross-blog plug – I recently ran a short series of workshops at SGI on English as a Lingua Franca and how it might impact the way we teach pronunciation. These went well and we decided to follow them up with some related blog posts, which you can find here: