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Comment by Chris Meoli on October 23, 2015 at 12:39pm

This is a great professional development organization from some big names in the TEFL field: itdi(international teacher development institute).

Free membership. Free webinars and blogs and tips etc.

Check out the recording of Matthew Noble's presentation on:
(Un)consciousness & (In)competence: Tracing & Traversing Routes, Roots, Ruts, & Rules in Learning & Teaching

He used to be a CELTA trainer in Boston and expands on our teaching and learning input session about conscious incompetence.

Comment by Chris Meoli on October 23, 2015 at 12:36pm

Greetings CELTA graduates.

Your letters should be ready this week.

If you have yet to fill out the survey monkey about the course (only 3 of you did it...:) ), we would appreciate the anonymous feedback, as we want to know what we did well and what we can change for future groups.

ALSO, please fill out the Candidate Information Sheet for Cambridge at this link:

I know there are a few other things I was going to post here, so shoot me an email and let me know what I forgot and I will get that to you. :)

Comment by Chris Meoli on October 16, 2015 at 9:18am

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Comment by Chris Meoli on October 16, 2015 at 9:10am

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Comment by Chris Meoli on October 16, 2015 at 9:04am
Comment by John on October 12, 2015 at 10:01am

Hi teacher Chris,

I tried to send you a message through this site, but I'm not sure if it went through. Sorry for the email notifications, everyone else! For my lesson on Wednesday, I'd like to teach the grammar of "getting/having something done" and "getting somebody to do something" from lesson 10 of the workbook you recommended. We could lead in with the topic of practicality, and the the audio from the workbook could introduce the TL. There are some British turns of phrase which I think warrant re-working the script and recording the result (with the help of the renowned acting skills of my generous, fellow trainees :) please). The controlled practice would be based around the audio, and for a productive stage, there's a nice exercise in the book which prompts students to talk about what they have to get done for themselves. Let me know what you think.

Comment by Christopher Morris on October 9, 2015 at 2:00am
==== Video Observation ====

I agree with John - the teacher has a calm and receptive demeanor towards the students and, as a result, maintains good rapport and control over the class. I noticed that he really didn't need any tricks to regain the students' attention, instead just speaking calmly to them.

As for an activity - I liked the word matching activity around 14:20 in part 1. It's a nice variant on the vocab clarification stage format that I think most of us have been using so far. Instead of moving through each word/picture pair as a whole class and eliciting from the group at large (which might favor more outspoken students), he has them first do the matching in pairs. I surmise that this was partly to give every student a chance to figure out the meanings by themselves, rather than relying on the stronger students to just tell them. You could tell the students were engaged, as well - everyone likes a puzzle.

Anyway, it put a nice spin on it. I think it might be improved slightly by adding a kinetic element to it, perhaps by having students move the pictures around in some way. But it was pretty good in general.
Comment by Chris Meoli on October 7, 2015 at 10:56pm

Sounds good, John.

Comment by Chris Meoli on October 7, 2015 at 10:49pm


All of that goes under the pronunciation stage which is wound into your clarification stage, right?

Write it on your lesson plan in a way that makes it easy for you to follow. It's your notes, remember:)


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