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Proxemics and pandemics With careful planning and useful up-to-date software and learning platforms, learning can be optimised. Learners need to be taught strategies to help them take advantage of the online context. Teachers need to remember the importance of fun between activities.
Keeping the ball rolling A series of tips on maintaining a good learning atmosphere through positive body language, spontaneity, useful apps and proximity and availability to your students.
Unmasking the validity of exams Students do not always understand the rationale behind assessments and exams nor what useful subskills are being tested. By being clear with your class they can become more motivated.
Assessing oral interaction A group of assessors describe the steps needed to ensure all candidates are being judged based on the same criteria.
Reflective practice Glenda Demes da Cruz describes a valuable tool in teacher development. How can teachers improve? How can they help others? What small changes will help?
When is a story not just a story? Jeremy Harmer uses stories to teach language in context and to show language in action. Stories can be paused at any moment for linguistic or content reasons offering learners real opportunities to interact.
IPA: symbols of power? Mark Hancock investigates using the IPA and argues that it is a phonemic rather than phonetic chart. It is a useful guide to pronunciation but not all sounds are and accents are precisely covered.
Socialisation through writing How much do your students know about the local area and community? Elena Shvidko shows how community resources can be used as an instructional tool for creating writing projects and activities.
2020: The future is already here! Kat Robb describes how she teaches and what software and apps she cannot do without. She explains how we can use the same apps we use in our daily life to make our teaching more engaging and dynamic.
A-Alpha, B-Bravo, C-Charlie James Clanton suggests ways of using spelling alphabets for listening, speaking, reading, and writing exercises, used as warmers and with exams and quizzes often turning unplanned gaps into a productive learning experience.
Being the new Director of Studies – Part two How to carry out lesson observation? How to organise professional development? How much help will teachers accept? Matthew Hallett describes the opening weeks of term in a new position.