A Teaching Moment in Time 2014

For those of you unfamiliar with TES, their website is well worth a visit. Their rapidly growing digital community showcases a long heritage of teacher development and support. Today, I stumbled upon a project of their called A Teaching Moment in Time, where teachers...

Why Critical Pedagogy?

I’m writing this in anticipation of our upcoming IATEFL pre-conference event. It may be read as a kind of preamble, I suppose. But I wish it was more like an open invitation, an opening. And whether this is related to this particular event or not, and whether...

What to do with macho behaviour?

Teaching seems at times very close to social work. At the start of the lesson pupils and students sometimes first need to relax a little because one of them just witnessed a major row between his parents before cycling to school. As a teacher you need to offer this...

My English/Dutch self

Does the language that you speak influence your behaviour? And is the opposite true too? Does your personality influence the way you manage to speak a second language? Please share your experiences with us on this site. If you end up being a TEFL teacher it is very...

Does my bum look big in this?

Five more days to go and then our Unplugged Conference is on in Barcelona. http://www.tdsig.org/unplugged/ You
can also register on the day in reception at OxfordTEFL if the online
registration doesn’t work. I will now continue our discussion on Giving Feedback....

Moving away from ‘dogme moments’

I’ve always felt that dogme, a genuinely learner-centred approach that turns top-down orthodoxy on its head, is intrinsically linked to teacher development. It may now be true to say that teacher development must be linked intrinsically to dogme, if the latter’s...