English Teaching professional blog from Chiara Bruzzano
Authentic but engaging or graded… but dull? Silent videos: the third way
As language teachers, we are often faced with a dilemma: should we choose materials that are authentic but challenging for students, or graded materials that are unengaging? Chiara Bruzzano suggests that the answer may be an unorthodox one: doing away with words in the input by choosing silent videos.
Keeping up with CPD over the holidays
As many teachers around the world start their summer holidays, what are some ways to keep up with professional development over the ‘break’? Can we unwind and learn at the same time? Chiara looks at five easy ways to do this: from podcasts to journals like MET, YouTube channels and reflective practice.
English as a Medium of Instruction: all that glitters may not be gold
How much does EMI feature in your teaching? Do you know much about the present and the future of EMI around the world? And why should it matter? Read on to find out more from recent British Council and the European Commission reports and learn about the challenges of CLIL in schools and EMI in universities.
Listening difficulties: going beyond ‘They speak too fast!’
Writing an online self-study course – Part 2
Many teachers are pivoting towards making language teaching a business. This includes designing online self-study courses. In the second part of this series, we look at some decisions to make when designing an online self-study course: whether to make it interactive, how to introduce reflection tasks and check learning, and how to pilot the course.
Writing an online self-study course – Part 1
Upping your (English) game: lessons learnt
What do the words ‘translation’ and ‘translanguaging’ mean to you? Do they have a place in teaching in your view? Read on to discover where they fitted in an English for football course, what type of language was the focus on the course, how teacher and student co-created knowledge, and how a sense of progress was established.
Upping your (English) game
What ways do your learners use their English? How can it enhance their job or education? In the first article of a two-part series, read about an interview with women’s Serie A football coach and his English teacher to understand how the coach learns English to use it in his job and reflect on what you can learn from it.
How to run a successful online CPD event
The ins and outs of teacher research
How often do you reflect on why things are working in your classroom, and what makes them effective? Do you just go on instinct, or think there is space for research? We lift the lid on teacher research and explores how it is defined, then investigates the different forms of teacher research, why you may want to try it and some barriers to it.