Every teacher – and every learner – can probably recognise a great lesson when they experience one, but what exactly are the qualities that, when added up, make an everyday experience into an extraordinary one? Taking this further, can teachers do anything deliberate to make GREAT lessons, or are they simply a matter of luck? Anthony Gaughan will suggest five characteristics of GREAT lessons that he thinks are not only central to lesson success, but are also things that teachers can develop with some simple strategies that he hopes to share.
Betty Azar has shared a lot of free materials to download and use in your classroom, including worksheets contributed by fellow teachers and the full text of Fun with Grammar by Suzanne Woodward. Yes, you can download it all for free!
There is also a great Teacher Talk Blog, Grammar Speaks area, some Teacher’s Guides and an Author’s Corner for you to peruse at your leisure.
SCEL’s very own Ben Whitmore has suggested a blog related to ESL and technology. If you want to know about the future of ESL, it’s a blog you might want to follow.
Michael Rundell explores the future of dictionaries. In this seminar he discusses the idea that dictionaries are going the same way as encyclopedias. In just a few years most activity has moved from paper to electronic media and for pedagogical dictionaries, whose users are mostly young and therefore digital natives, the switch from old to new media is even more advanced. Is there any future for dictionaries?
Michael Swan, who has spent most of a lifetime reflecting on the best ways to teach grammar, asks the fundamental question: what matters in grammar teaching?
In this video seminar he helps us to find the middle ground in teaching grammar: neither to teach too much nor too little.
Here is a great free flashcards website. While not all teachers use flash cards, they can be useful for some levels and for creating custom activities for your class:
Here’s also a great video that explains how to use the website and what amazing things you can do with the free flashcards (including downloading a .pdf file for use in your class and for vocabulary review of adjectives, emotions, holidays, and actions, for example.)