From Forming to Performing: Group Dynamics

https://www.slideshare.net/JamesEgerton/from-forming-to-performing-group-dynamics The following is a summary of my presentation at ILC IH Brno's 'Imagine - a conference for teachers' teacher training conference on Saturday 24th February... Why group dynamics?  In short, human beings are group beings. Most of us grow up in groups (families), work in groups (companies), play in groups (teams) and live in [...]

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Dare to Differ: 10 Things I Learned

Dare to Differ, IH Italy's inaugural conference organised and hosted by IH Rome, lived up to its ambitious title. All speakers took the theme on board in their chosen topics, referring again and again to how introducing new concepts, trying new things and being creative can benefit our learners. I was fortunate enough to attend [...]

“Can I have some chair?” Rethinking Grammar Rules

Call me loopy, but I believe that teaching English grammar should reflect real use of English outside the classroom. There are accepted rules, sure, but if rules only represent a narrow and/or dead version of the language, why then kick the empty can down the road to the English learner? The desperate thing about grammar dogma [...]