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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
From TEFL Job to TEFL Career
Reading QR Codes (IF We Can)
In his latest post, MET Resident Blogger David Dodgson talks us through an activity his teen students engaged in combining QR codes with an interactive ‘choose your own path’ adventure story. He discusses how the story and activity was created, what benefits came from utilising QR codes to deliver it, and the follow-up projects his students engaged in.
A Focus on Phonics
Linking between our two most recent issues on Speaking and Pronunciation, and Teaching Reading, David Dodgson takes a look at phonics. This method of introducing letters and sounds when teaching young learners to read and write has become increasingly popular in EFL contexts in recent years. However, our resident blogger is not entirely convinced and in this post, explains why.