Writing Tasks – TBLT and Others

Recently I have been trying to encourage my (mostly but not solely Czech) students to write more and in this post I’d like to describe some of the practices we have been doing. I only just now realised that distance learning naturally lends itself to TBLT writing, as learners, deprived of the opportunity to speak …

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More Speaking, Please

Teacher: What do you want to do in class? Student: Speak. I need to practise my speaking. Teacher: Ok, what do you want to speak about? Student: Eeh? Ahem…Not sure. (Thinking: You are the teacher, you tell me). Step forward if you’ve never had this conversation. The vast majority of my students want to speak …

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More Notes on Creating Syllabi in Small Courses

I’m really into thinking about complex, sound course syllabi for my private courses. Besides my other hobby, writing worksheets for my classes and forcing my colleagues to try them out, thinking about “what we’ll learn” on a course is fascinating. That is to say, I’m not so much into collecting activities and whenever you ask …

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