I got an email a few days ago from a teacher in Australia called Rufus. She works with teachers in parts of the world where resources that many of us take for granted can be scarce, and where others that we may occasionally get our hands on are pure pipe dream.
She asked me to contribute to some upcoming training she would be leading in Cambodia, with teachers whose local resources were limited and whose confidence in their own English proficiency may also be limited, and who may not have been fortunate enough to have received much in the way of formal teacher education in the recent past.
In particular, she asked me what I considered my essential teachers’ toolkit: what, as a teacher, I considered a bare minimum of resources with which I could imagine working effectively with groups of students more or less anywhere. Continue reading →
Coming up on a week ago I posted an appeal for lesson ideas that would work in a lo-/no-materials context, in response to a call for help on another discussion forum by a teacher in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Your response has been amazing: almost 300 visitors have visited and many of you have left useful teaching ideas as donations. I had a hard time keeping up with the comments as I have been sick for the last few days, but that was a very positive problem to have!
So I wanted to take a moment to thank you all – whether you simply stopped by to read about the situation, or if you donated ideas – for your generosity towards and solidarity with our colleagues in New Zealand.
STOP PRESS 2:10pm 1 March: DELTA PUBLISHING HAVE AGREED TO DONATE COPIES OF TEACHING UNPLUGGED TO THE SCHOOL IN NEED I WRITE ABOUT IN THIS POST – GREAT TO SEE SOCIAL NETWORKING WORKING FOR SOCIAL GOOD! THANK YOU ALL AT DELTA PUBLISHING!!!
You have probably heard about the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the terrible devastation it has caused. I just received an email on a discussion list for CELTA tutors from a teacher working over there and I am re-posting it here in order to publicise the situation over there and to try to do some good:
Our language school in Christchurch, New Zealand, is preparing to reopen in temporary premises while our building and campus are checked for earthquake damage. We cannot enter our school building to retrieve materials or coursebooks so we are currently engaged in some lateral thinking on how to teach without materials! We won’t have a photocopier or printers or internet access, or whiteboards in our premises. Most of the staff have internet access at home however.
Does anyone know of any online articles or pages of ideas for teaching in this type of situation? The students are adults here for general English as well as business English and Cambridge/IELTS exam prep courses.
Many thanks in advance for any tips or advice!
As you can see, the situation is quite extreme. I am asking on behalf of these teachers and their students for the help of any colleagues who read this posting. Continue reading →