DELTA – what is it about and is it worth it?

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Reasons to choose Delta:
– Take your career to the next level by showing you have what it takes to progress in your current role, or move to a more senior role.
– Choose from a range of flexible and convenient study options, including full-time or part-time courses with face-to-face, online and distance learning options.
– Deepen your knowledge of English language teaching, by extending your expertise in a specialist area.

The TEFL Show

In this episode of the TEFL Show podcasts we discuss DELTA or the Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, which is run by Cambridge Assessment. We talk about the format and the content of the course, and tell you a bit more about our own experience doing it. We give some recommendations for how and where you can do it, and whether doing it is worth your time and money at all.

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Upcoming webinars for educators | June – August 2016

This post’s a long time coming but here are some upcoming webinars. Lesson ideas & activities  A Framework for Communicative Speaking | Tony Prince | Oxford | May 25 & 26, 1000 & …

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#DigELT2015 ‘Deep Learning Skills in a Teacher Training Programme’

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Amin Neghavati at #DigELT2015 “Edmodo is the most popular option and provides you with a lot of tools and training and I have used it for many different purposes but this time, I needed something simpler and lighter which was suitable for my specific purpose in that specific part of the world!”

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I attended the IATEFL Learning Technologies SIG event ‘Digital ELT Ireland 2015’ in Dublin on the 31st October and 1st November this year. A two-day series of talks, presentations and workshops organised by the IATEFL LT SIG.

Digital ELT Ireland was born in 2012 and becamean international ELT Tech event very quickly! This year’s conference was an interesting combination of thought-provoking plenaries by Russell Stannardand Huw Jarvis, international speakers, Halloween and the beautiful Irish autumn!

This post is an explanation on and a summary of my talk on ‘Digital Deep Learning Skills in Teacher Training Programmes’ with the links to my talk Prezi and the conference photos:


Last year I workedwith four groups of Malaysian teachers on a project with the British Council. The project’s main priorities were to improve Malaysian primary and secondary school teachers’ language proficiency and to give them enough tools (methodology-wise)…

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Talk to the expert

#NNEST employment discrimination remains one of the most neglected of all issues for those working in developing countries. “Most job advertisements for English language teachers discriminate against candidates with particular backgrounds.” Fortunately, research interest on discriminatory issues are actually growning, therefore “NNESTs are also perceived to be better role models in the learning of English as they have already been through the process of learning English themselves: they are more familiar with the needs of learning the language.” (Ahmar Mahboob, 2013) #TEA

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Webinar review – Charles Hadfield : Creative Grammar IATEFL

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Another advantage of being an IATEFL member is being able to snuggle down of an afternoon and watch a webinar whenever I’ve got the time and inclination. I’d been meaning to watch this one for a while and was pleased to finally find time yesterday.

The cool but frustrating thing about watching recorded webinars is that I can also follow the chat box, but can’t join in. I saw a few familiar names up there (@ELTmethods, @trishiels, to name but a few), it was like tapping at a glass window when no-one can hear you – “hi guys, I’m here!”

Charles began by describing his training as a French teacher, using the “Question & Answer” technique, “is this an apple?” “No, it’s an orange” or more likely “why are you asking me such a stupid question? Are you blind?”

He described the stone wall difficulties he faced when he tried…

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Lesson plans – a waste of time?

I think that lesson planning is a good thing to plan ahead for what you want to accomplish, and to bring into line and structure to your daily work.
Do you think that it is not possible to plan in detail what your students will learn even some days before?


I realise I haven’t written anything for this blog for quite some time, so I’m really glad that a recent conversation on Twitter about observations and lesson plans with @ashowski and @getgreatenglish, who following our chat wrote a post too, motivated me to write a new post. The conversation was prompted by a blog post by @ashowski which you can read here. In a nutshell, Anthony argues that from the point of view of the observer a thorough lesson plan is essential as comparing it with the decisions made by the teacher during the lesson can “reveal the most interesting features of the teacher’s pedagogic abilities”. Without this it would be impossible “to determine the extent of the teacher’s teaching abilities”. What?!

You know a great planner when you read their lesson plan, but you know a great teacher when you see them. While the lesson plan might reveal some…

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