Newsletter #3

Newsletter #3
Good morning!

Hope that your Sunday is going well so far and that you are starting to look forward to my little chat dropping into your inbox. Personally, I'm really enjoying this channel to connect with you on a regular basis and thanks so much to all of you who have taken the time and trouble to reply to me. It's always great to hear from you. HOWEVER...., if you are feeling that it's all a bit much, I won't be at all offended if you unsubscribe (link at the bottom of this page). I would never want to feel that I'm bothering you. You'll still have access to the material at whenever you want it, of course :) Last week I asked you to try recording one of your lessons and watching some of it back. I had some great replies from people who tried this. Did you do it? Easy to put this kind of thing off, but I promise it'll be interesting and useful if you do! There's no time limit - have a go this week- record your class, watch back just 5-10 mins and see what surprises you!

So, what have I got for you this week?

Talk on setting up ELT-Training
I had a busy time last weekend with a talk on how I developed ELT-Training for EFLTalks (you can see the recording here). I'd say that if you're thinking about setting up your own business (maybe just part-time, on-the-side, a bit of a hobby kind of business) then go for it - it's given me a lot of fun.

Weekly sneak preview
Last week I did an online lesson with my ESOL group talking about how their life has changed since Covid reared its ugly head. Now, I realise that this is a sensitive topic but my learners were really motivated to speak about it and it was a great context for generative practice of the present perfect. I've made a video about it here, so see what you think and feel free to try it out with your own classes.

Useful site
Finally, for many of you, this might be old hat, but I started using Google Jamboard this week with my online class and it worked so well that I wanted to share it with you. You need a Google account to use it, but it's free. It's essentially just an online whiteboard, but I found it really easy to use in class and save for revision later. It's a great way to increase interaction online (which can be tricky). You can share the link in the chat box and then just use it together for brainstorming vocabulary or ideas, for controlled practice activities or feedback on activities. This video is a good introduction (and this guy's YT channel is great for things like this, I think!)

That's about it from me for now. See you next week.

All the best

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