English Teaching professional blog from Chiara Bruzzano
To caption or not to caption? Using videos with subtitles for language learning
Is a PhD going to make you a better teacher?
Unexpected twists and turns: giving spontaneous interaction a try
What do you do when your carefully planned class gets interrupted by students taking the conversation in new and different directions? Chiara Bruzzano reflects on the benefits and drawbacks of relinquishing some control and deviating from the lesson plan to allow for spontaneous student interaction in the classroom.
Paraphrasing strategies: turning failure into development
You plan a lesson well, you’ve already done similar things before, you feel confident. You go into the classroom and it doesn’t work at all. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes, no matter how well we plan (and how many good questions we ask ourselves questions before setting up an activity), we can’t seem to produce the results we expect. Chiara was teaching an IELTS class recently when this happened, but despite the frustration, it turned out to be a great opportunity for development. Read her blog post to find out what happened.