Modern English Teacher blog
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
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.
Back to the Plan
In his latest post, MET blogger, David Dodgson, considers the importance of the lesson plan for his teaching. He looks back at how the purpose of planning, as well as his attitude towards it, has changed over his years as a teacher, and looks forward to how planning will continue to play a key role in his classes.
The Value of Self
In this month’s blog, David Dodgson, our MET resident blogger, shares his thoughts on teachers’ workloads, the importance of self-development, and the drive for self-improvement. He also considers the need to seek activities and relaxation away from our teaching day jobs, and makes the case for being self-centred once in a while to improve our performance in the classroom.
Another year on
Time to LEAP (Learn about English for Academic Purposes)
In his latest post, our resident blogger David Dodgson, describes a recent project he gave to two classes with very different results. He shares his reflections on why the first attempt did not work out as planned and how handing more control and ownership of the project over to the second class resulted in a much more engaging learning experience.
The Final Stage: The Interview
In the final post in his series of career development, MET resident blogger David Dodgson looks at the final – and perhaps most dreaded – stage of the job hunt: the interview. Again, drawing on his experience as a job applicant and as a recruiter, he offers advice on how to prepare for and present yourself to your future employers.
On Form: Finding and Applying for TEFL Jobs
In the third post in his series on career development, MET’s resident blogger David Dodgson shares advice and ideas on finding the right job in the wide world of ELT. From identifying the best openings to filling out the dreaded application form, David shares his own experiences and invites your advice through the comments section.