The pre-service TEFL certificate: 12 things I learned | Sandy Millin

Following in the footsteps of Matthew Noble and reblogging this…

(oh, and I learnt V3 from the Russians!)

DYNAMITE ELT

With industry veterans like Geoff Jordan, Hugh Dellar and others out there swinging their hammers at CELTA, I thought I’d take the opportunity to defend the pre-service ELT teaching certificate. Not the CELTA, mind you, but its oft-snubbed, dubiously legitimate little brother. I’m here to defend the humble TEFL certificate.

For the record, I completed a 120-hour TEFL program with 6 hours of teaching practice at the now-defunct ITC Prague (i.e. not an internet-only…

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The pre-service TEFL certificate: 12 things I learned | Sandy Millin

Following in the footsteps of Matthew Noble and reblogging this…

(oh, and I learnt V3 from the Russians!) 🙂

DYNAMITE ELT

With industry veterans like Geoff Jordan, Hugh Dellar and others out there swinging their hammers at CELTA, I thought I’d take the opportunity to defend the pre-service ELT teaching certificate. Not the CELTA, mind you, but its oft-snubbed, dubiously legitimate little brother. I’m here to defend the humble TEFL certificate.

For the record, I completed a 120-hour TEFL program with 6 hours of teaching practice at the now-defunct ITC Prague (i.e. not an…

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Three things I’ve done in class this week | Sandy Millin

As a Director of Studies, I no longer get much time in the classroom or much time to plan for my lessons (!), but when I do, I like to try and experiment a bit. Here are three things I’ve tried this week:
Translation mingle
After introducing a new set of vocab or bit of grammar:

Get students to write 2-3 personalised examples of the language, which you check as they write.
They choose one sentence to translate into L1, in this case Polish.
Students mingle, saying their Polish sentence. Their partner has to translate it back into English.
The L1 speaker tells them “Yes, that’s…

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Three things I’ve done in class this week | Sandy Millin

As a Director of Studies, I no longer get much time in the classroom or much time to plan for my lessons (!), but when I do, I like to try and experiment a bit. Here are three things I’ve tried this week:
Translation mingle
After introducing a new set of vocab or bit of grammar:

Get students to write 2-3 personalised examples of the language, which you check as they write.
They choose one sentence to translate into L1, in this case Polish.
Students mingle, saying their Polish sentence. Their partner has to translate it back into English.
The L1 speaker tells them “Yes, that’s…

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Making the most of blogs (IH Brno Sugar and Spice conference, March 2017) | Sandy Millin

On 4th March 2017, I went back to my roots to present at the IH Brno local conference, this year called ‘Sugar and Spice’.

This one-day conference is where I did my first full-length conference presentation in 2011. That presentation was called A Whole New World of ELT and was about all the many ways you could develop your teaching using online resources. My presentations now are much more pared down and focussed, and (I hope!) more accessible because of that – when I first started I tried to pack way too much in there. I was also seduced by new toys at that point and made an…

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Making the most of blogs (IH Brno Sugar and Spice conference, March 2017) | Sandy Millin

On 4th March 2017, I went back to my roots to present at the IH Brno local conference, this year called ‘Sugar and Spice’.

This one-day conference is where I did my first full-length conference presentation in 2011. That presentation was called A Whole New World of ELT and was about all the many ways you could develop your teaching using online resources. My presentations now are much more pared down and focussed, and (I hope!) more accessible because of that – when I first started I tried to pack way too much in there. I was also seduced by new toys at that point and made an…

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A walk around my town | Sandy Millin

Inspired by Joanna Malefaki’s introduction to Chania in Greece, here are some photos from my adopted home, Bydgoszcz (pronounced like this) in Poland.

Bydgoszcz used to have a reputation within Poland as a dirty, industrial town, but it’s changed a lot over the last few years, as you can see.

I’d love to see a bit of your home town/city/village…
Filed under: Assorted Thoughts Tagged: Bydgoszcz, travel

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