I hope that you're enjoying this regular missive- I'm really enjoying writing
it and getting to know some of you through your replies. It's fantastic that so
many of you acted on my Grammar Challenge last week, too- I hope you're finding
it worthwhile... I've got another challenge for you this week, but more about
that later... First, here's something to share with you.
If you are on a CELTA course,
you'll know that for the assignments (particularly the Language Skills Related
Task and the Language Related Task) you need to reference some reading that
you've done. Now that fully online CELTAs are the norm, it's not easy to
access the physical library of books that all CELTA centres have to provide and
you might not be sure where to look on the internet for reliable, non-pirated
materials and resources. This week, I opened the ELT-Training Resource Library for CELTA -
a range of material that I've put together to help you. It's all open source
(no piracy here!) and the list is based on suggestions from a range of CELTA
tutors. There are separate sections for each of the four assignments and a
general section too.
If you've finished your CELTA course already, you can use the library for your
professional development- there's lots of great stuff there!
Onward to this week's sneak preview video. This is the first in a series that's
going to be occupying us for the next month. Reflective practice is important
and useful at all stages of your career- it doesn't matter whether you're still
training, you've just qualified or you've been teaching for years- and it's
especially helpful in times of change and new environments (such as going fully
online). In this video, I'm asking you to record a
class and over the coming weeks, I'll be giving you short, specific observation
tasks that will help you focus on some aspects of your teaching that you might
find helpful. Watch the first video this week and get ready for an interesting
journey into investigating your teaching.
The web is ever changing and
sites come and go so this week I wanted to show you Jamie Keddie's website 'Lesson Stream', because it looks as if he's
in the process of changing it. He has put up a new site which works on a paid
subscription model but the old site is still up at the moment and
has lots of brilliant free lesson plans, many with downloadable materials.
They're often based around YouTube videos, and a lot of them use his
'video-telling' model (you can see a model of him demonstrating this here)
which I've found really successful with classes. Try a lesson out and see how
you get on.
So, that's it from me for
now. Hope you have a great week and see you next Sunday.