Today is a really exciting day for me. As you may know, I took voluntary severance from my job at Warwick University earlier this year to focus on ELT-Training (and the small matter of writing up my thesis...) and this means that I am now in the lucky position of being able to work from anywhere that has WI-Fi. So.... my partner and I are off on a road trip! We leave today heading for Greece in our old car with lots of dreams but no fixed plans and I've decided to try out a little travel-vlog on Instagram, so if you want to follow my progress and vicariously experience a bit of digital nomadism, check it out here or look for elttraining on Instagram.
I started up my free Communication Activities series about a year ago now, so to mark its anniversary, I thought that I'd dust off one of the earlier videos I made for it. It's a fantastic, low prep activity that's really useful (done on a regular basis) to help improve listening skills - try it out with a class and let me know how you get on.
For trainees on CELTA courses, it's usually pretty obvious what skills, grammar and vocabulary are, but 'Functional Language' can be a bit more opaque. For this week's new video, I made a short overview of what it is and how you could teach it. Check it out here.
Finally, I love Scott Thornbury (who doesn't?!) and this week I happened to be reminded of the excellent blog post series he did a few years ago called the The (De)-Fossilisation Diaries. This charts his own progress as a long-term learner of Spanish going back to make a real effort to improve. There are 16 posts in total and they make a great read with lots of useful thoughts along the way about learners like this, who have reached a plateau and how they can move forward.
OK, that's it for today. Wish me luck for my Big Trip and I'll see you next Sunday.