Modern English Teacher blog from David Dodgson
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.