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Ellis 2013: Responding to critics of TBLT


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An interesting read. I love learning about what I do, revisiting ideas and theories and reworking on my techniques.

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In this article in University of Sydney papers in TESOL, 2013, Ellis tackles 8 criticisms of TBLT, downgraded to "misconceptions" on the part of writers such as Widdowson, Swan, Sheen, and Seedhouse, before addressing Swan's "legislation by hypothesis" attack.  In his conclusion, he acknowledges that "TBLT offers a radically different approach to teaching a second language. As such, it is not surprising that its advocacy has met with resistance, especially from those who, for one reason or another, support a more traditional ‘focus-on-forms’ approach."  Ellis expresses a personal preference for a short, sharp shock of intense TBLT teaching in a curriculum which includes other approaches, rather than a watered-down task-supported approach spread throughout the curriculum.

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Excellent article on TBLT.

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Critical Thinking in the Primary Classroom

Teacher professional development video about how to incorporate critical thinking into the primary age classroom.-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at ...
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10 Commandments for Motivating Language Learners

10 Commandments for Motivating Language Learners | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
Tim Ward, a freelance teacher trainer based in Bulgaria, introduces us to 10 simple steps to help increase motivation among language learners. Motivation’s one of those ideas like justice or world ...
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iTDi Professional development by teachers for teachers

iTDi Professional development by teachers for teachers | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
iTDi is a community for EFL/ESL teachers to continue their professional development with online courses, tutoring, discussions, blogs and hugs of support.
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Part III: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube

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Part III: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube We have watched the videos, completed the tasks, what's next? After all the effort spent in pre- and during- activiti...
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Part II: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube

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Part II: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube How do I keep students engaged during the video? Setting a task will keep them focused. Have students read their works...
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ELT Event Calendar

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As a collection of crowd-sourced ELT conferences & events throughout the world, every effort is made to include events and conferences both small, big and lengthy. CLICK ON ANY EVENT to see mor...
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A brilliant idea of pulling together all the webinars on one interactive calendar! Cheers!

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Demand High Used as a Focus for In-Service Training in IH Milan

Demand High Used as a Focus for In-Service Training in IH Milan | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
This article was written by Richard Twigg, Director of Studies at International House, Milan In October of 2013 our school decided to focus our weekly training sessions on exploring the Demand High...
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I like the challenge given to teachers. So often we ask our students to take risks and challenge themselves. I think the time has come for us teachers to reflect on our teaching, take risks for the betterment of our students and lessons!

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ASCD Book: Creating Dynamic Schools Through Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration

ASCD Book: Creating Dynamic Schools Through Mentoring, Coaching, and Collaboration | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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Guest blog: English Language Learning Specialists in Asia (ELLSA 2013) | Online TEFL Training

Guest blog: English Language Learning Specialists in Asia (ELLSA 2013) | Online TEFL Training | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
Hi everybody, If you have never been to a professional conference or seminar, you should certainly think about going to one. As well as meeting lots of
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30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom - InformED

30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom - InformED | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it

In today’s market, students must largely be innovative and create their own jobs. Collard suggests teachers focus on teaching particular skills or set of behaviors, rather than preparing students for specific careers.


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Some interesting tips on promoting creativity in class.

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Future of Storytelling Course | Education. Online. Free. | iversity

Future of Storytelling Course | Education. Online. Free. | iversity | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
How do you tell a story? Learn to listen and inspire. Understand trends in current fiction and learn to contextualize narratives in this MOOC. Enrol for free!
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Learning to Learn: The Path to Real-World Knowledge

Learning to Learn: The Path to Real-World Knowledge | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
It may be hard to get into learning again after being out of any type of educational establishment for some time.
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I don't know about you but I enjoy learning something new. I've enjoyed reading, I still do and with the advent of iPads, laptops, ebook readers...I've the ability to merely click buttons to read, learn, discuss and pass on what I know. There's just so much out there that I want to do, do, do. Alas! I struggle with finding the time to do ALL the things I've found online - webinars, e-courses, wonderful blogs, etc. I love the quest for knowledge - to get better at what I do and to know that I can only get better and brighter and wiser! Isn't that amazing?

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What Experts Say Is Key To PD For Teachers

What Experts Say Is Key To PD For Teachers | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
Effective PD for teachers benefits the students, school and community. Here what leading experts had to say about video and online learning as part of teacher PD.
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Unlocking the World | Teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms

Unlocking the World | Teaching ESL students in mainstream classrooms | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
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Helped in re-energising my work in ESL teaching and teacher training.

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Guest blog - Dylan Gates from TEFL Online Training

Guest blog - Dylan Gates from TEFL Online Training | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
This is the first time we have a guest blogger and we are excited.  Dylan and I have come up with a series of questions which are published on our respective blogs. We hope you find these insightfu...
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Part I: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube

Part I: Building listening skills: Getting the best out of videos and youtube | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
Building listening skills:  Getting the best out of videos and youtube Using videos and video clips are one of the many ways to not only break up the lesson into manageable chunks but help rejuvena...
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What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC

What I Learned by Flipping the MOOC | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
Two of the hot topics in education in the last few years have been Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) and the flipped classroom. I’ve been experimenting with both of them. What I’ve learned (besi...
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Always good to see the other end of the tunnel.

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mrsmissoveness

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Bringing English to you
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Do you scaffold and support your students' listening? What activities have you tried? What has worked well for you?

 

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2014: Looking Ahead to Courses and Blogging

2014: Looking Ahead to Courses and Blogging | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
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I'm attending the iTDi webinar now! Inspiring to hear Scott Thornbury, Penny Ur... Think about upgrading yourself to upgrade teaching and learning

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Webinars

Updated - December 2013 A list of upcoming ELT webinars from some of the world's biggest ELT institutions. All times are in UK time (GMT/BST). The majority of the webinars are free to attend, howev...
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A good listing of webinars from around the world. As a working EAL teaching specialists, I find it useful to connect with fellow EAL specialists from home.

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The ELLSA conference was a long awaited one for Southeast Asia. It was a great opportunity to network, share our experiences as ESL specialists and talk shop. More next year, please

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Speech and Language Impairment | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

Speech and Language Impairment | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC | CPD - Learn to Educate | Scoop.it
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Well explained. I was wondering how to help a particular student for I know he has expressive language difficulties. I will delve into suggestion no. 5

 

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