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Modern English Teacher's resident blogger David Dodgson has worked in ELT for 20 long and fruitful years.
He has worked in Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Turkey and Gabon, gaining experience with young learners, adults, EAL students and exam preparation classes, and holds an MA in EdTech and TESOL and the Trinity DipTESOL.
Having spent all of that time abroad, David is currently relishing the challenge of teaching in the UK for the first time as EAL Coordinator in a leading independent school.
He started blogging several years ago as a way to reflect on his teaching and learning experiences and has also written for publications like MET, ETp and TESL-EJ. You can find his personal blog at davedodgson.blogspot.com.
David’s interests include supporting learning with technology, and teacher self-development. He also uses digital games as authentic materials for language learning, and blogs about it at eltsandbox.wordpress1.com
20 Things I’ve Realised in 20 Years of Teaching
20 years is a long time in English Language Teaching. To mark two decades since taking his Trinity Cert TESOL, David Dodgson shares 20 ideas and reflections he has had in that time. From the need to experiment and reflect to the importance of considering different points of view and challenging established ideas, whilst not forgetting some classroom basics, he has compiled a thought-provoking list. What would you add?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas-Themed EFL Activities
Not so much beyond the walls as down the corridor
Having looked at useful study skills and habits to encourage amongst secondary students in October’s post, this month our MET blogger, David Dodgson, shares with us some of the work he has been doing in collaboration with other academic departments in his school: Developing Effective EAL Support. Rather than focus on finding thematic links, he describes how identifying common skills across subjects has resulted in improved performance from his EAL learners.
Simply Study Skills
Following on from his look at ‘getting to know you’ activities in last month’s post, MET’s blogger David Dodgson this time focuses on establishing independent learning habits and encouraging the development of study skills. He shares what he does with his EAL students to encourage them to engage with the language around them and be active learners.
Getting to Know You… All Over Again
In many parts of the world, a new school year is beginning, which means starting over with new classes and new students. In this month’s post, our resident blogger David Dodgson shares some of his favourite activities to get a new academic year or course of study underway and highlights the purpose behind each one.
Moving Forwards: Positive Directions in ELT
Having now moved back to the UK after working internationally for almost 20 years, our resident blogger David Dodgson takes time this month to look at current trends in ELT. In particular, he focuses on two positive trends that must continue to develop as our profession moves forwards while also highlighting work that still needs to be done.
The Other Side of Feedback
Having focused on making the most of the feedback we receive in last month’s post, David Dodgson this month turns his attention to an equally important part of the process – giving feedback. He discusses some of the pitfalls to avoid when discussing an observed lesson and advocates a seemingly simple but subtly skilled approach to ensure teachers get the most out of the process.
Getting full on feedback
In this month’s post, MET blogger David Dodgson considers the importance of feedback and the role it plays in our professional development. He considers experiences in his own teaching context, focusing on why we at times disagree with the feedback we receive and how we can make the most of such discussions to feed further development.
Dos and Don’ts for Using Authentic Materials in the Language Classroom
MET blogger David Dodgson now switches his focus to the use of authentic materials in the English language classroom. He offers advice on what to do and what to avoid when selecting, adapting, and utilising articles, images, videos, songs, and other ‘real world’ media to supplement our courses and achieve our learning goals.
6 Reasons for Using Coursebooks (from a teacher who doesn’t usually like them)
Having looked back at how his approach to lesson planning has changed over the years, MET blogger David Dodgson this month (in conjunction with our current Modern English Teacher issue on using coursebooks) revisits the on-going materials debate. After many years of extolling the virtues of being coursebook free, he this time considers the debate from the other side and examines the benefits of published materials.