Online language teaching: Language training for charitable organisations
I discussed in the last chapter how Skype and similar technologies are helping to broaden the possibilities of language learning. One of the key advantages of Skype is the ease with which people can now communicate over long distances. Obviously it was possible in the past using a telephone,Read More
Online language teaching: Modern technologies in language training
When I tell people we teach students English by Skype the reaction is usually the same ‘Oh that sounds interesting, how does it work’? In essence it works the same as any normal face to face English lesson.
The teacher calls the student by Skype at the beginning of theRead More
Online language teaching
This series hopes to explore a wider application of Online language teaching, how modern technology has come to play a big role in developing language training and what are its wider implications in the future.
Four years ago I embarked on creating and managing my own language school. I had been workingRead More
Making the most of your career
Over the last eight years I’ve looked at a lot of CVs and done a lot of interviews. Some people have bowled me over with their brilliance – Some – like the guy who sent me a CV saying it was his lifelong dream to work at our ‘internationally famous hotel’Read More
Making the most of your time
Time is not always on the side of the English teacher. There’s a lot to be done – from planning lessons to marking homework; from reading blogs like this to actually having a life! However, sometimes we can be our own worst enemies…
But there really is no need to suffer –Read More
Making the most of training sessions
For many teachers, what separates a ‘good’ from a ‘bad’ school is how much development is available. I once worked for a school that offered zero training. Ever the optimist, I often approached the director with the suggestion that the odd training session or two might not be a bad idea.Read More
Making the Most of observations
The great thing about being DoS is that you occasionally get to behave like Darth Vader – marching through the corridors, menacing footsteps echoing as you strike terror into the heart of the innocent hero of our story – the poor teacher. When? On observation day, of course.
Observations can have devastatingRead More
Making the most of…
I started teaching 12 years ago in Manchester. Previously I had completed a degree in American History – an experience I really enjoyed, but not one that opened up many doors in Leicester where I was living at the time. My knowledge of the foreign policy of Harry Truman wasn’t veryRead More
Macmillan IELTS Skills app: a summary video
Thank you to Rui and the team for their insightful views and thorough assessment of the Macmillan IELTS skills app over the past few weeks. As a final treat, they’ve prepared a video and shared it with us summarizing their experiences.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much asRead More
Don’t just sit back and listen: feedback on listening with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
This week we take a look at the final skill area on the app, having previously focussed on reading, speaking and writing. Listening takes centre stage this time round as we find out what our students and teachers make of the app’s contribution to this often tough to teach aspect ofRead More
Break it down to build it up: feedback on writing with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
Our previous posts in this series have looked at the reading and speaking sections of the Macmillan IELTS Skills app, and it’s to the writing section that we now turn. Often cited by students as the most difficult skill to improve, we will look atRead More
Role-playing reality: feedback on speaking with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
In last week’s post we looked at developing reading skills with the new Macmillan IELTS Skills app. This week we shift the focus to speaking and explore how the app might help students prepare themselves for their often daunting 11-14 minutes of fame in an IELTS examination room.
Reading between the bus lines and class time: feedback on reading with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
In our introductory post in this series we discussed how we were excited about trying out the Macmillan IELTS skills app with our pre-university and first year undergraduate international students here at Bellerbys College inRead More
IELTS gets personal: experimenting with the Macmillan IELTS Skills app
As teachers of English we are continually being asked to respond to prevalent trends and methodologies that reshape our industry and daily practice. From new teaching methods such as Flipped Learning to the growth in mobile learning and social media usage, we are constantly kept on our toes andRead More
Inventive ways with technology
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this series of postings will be postponed until a later date. We thank you for your patience and hope you will find something equally as interesting to read here on the blog in the meantime.
The blendedmec team
Education is evolving every minute of every day; itRead More