44. Highly irritating

“Am I inadvertently irritating my students?” There are certain things that you may not be aware of that will aggravate your students: mispronouncing their names making fun of them in front of the class responding to their question by saying that you already answered that question earlier in the lesson Read more…

40. Task Based Learning

How do I best transition from a General English, PPP, exam and coursebook-based context to TBL? Let’s start with some definitions. PPP stands for presentation-practice-production and was first introduced in the late 1970s! You present a grammar/vocabulary/structure element that you want students to learn, you give them some controlled practise, Read more…

30. Being a DOS is no doss

“What does being a director of studies involve?” The role of Director of Studies (DOS) or “academic manager” as it is sometimes called, is one which is perhaps unique to private language schools. Generally speaking, the DOS is responsible for the educational side of the school, leaving the school’s director Read more…