Getting the most out of a diverse adult classroom,the Culture basics for adult educators course, will start on July 1st and last three weeks. Enroll here for $75 What’s on offer? As society becomes more diverse, the job of the adult education teacher includes a need to be aware of the different […]

Culture 101 for adult educators

Although we want to be inclusive by using Culturally Responsive Teaching approaches, we still need to make the framework in which we are operating clear to all. We want to avoid unnecessary missteps that lead to embarrassment or worse.

Framing as a CRT strategy

As I put the finishing touches to an introductory course on culturally responsive teaching I face once again the challenge of how to evaluate progress. When I first worked on this topic over 10 years ago, our working group came up with intercultural attainment levels. Attainment levels of Intercultural Competence These […]

LOs & levels of savoir

Denmark is lucky to have a unique learning environment for adults in its folk high schools. This is very difficult to describe to foreigners. Essentially they are boarding schools for adults, where students mostly go of their own volition out of an interest for the subject as well as the […]

Immersive language courses: an expensive indulgence?

Before they were migrants, they were people. At the conference (link in Danish) in Odense on May 12th, Global conflicts – local challenges, New citizens, training and workplace integration, there was an economic overview. You would expect the children of migrants to do better than their parents. They should learn Danish as their […]

Is language enough for inclusion?

Global conflicts – local challenges New citizens, training and workplace integration Although Denmark has not received as many asylum seekers as Germany and Sweden, it still has a sizeable number who go on to become recognised refugees and who must then be helped to make a life for themselves in […]

Diversity as an asset

One of the current debates in Denmark is about the most effective way to learn the language since this is key to functioning well. There is an argument that the best place to learn a language is in the workplace and this has been used to justify political moves to […]

Can you learn the language on the job?

EU In or Out- (1) 1
Join me in this free 4-week course. Polls seem to indicate that voters in the UK referendum on whether to stay in the EU do not feel well-informed about the issues so this course is an attempt to remedy that. The course is free but there are a very limited number […]

Free course on the UK referendum on the EU

Attending the Skolemesse (Schools Exhibition) in Aarhus last Thursday I was struck by the explosion of books in the exhibition hall. Danish teachers have had their preparation time reduced in the most recent education reform. Yes! Danish school teachers are used to having designated preparation time. What seems to have happened […]

Automating teaching in Denmark

This is a great example of how to teach without a coursebook. Sometimes called Dogme but always working with emergent language. The lesson plan comes at the end as a summary and is used as a springboard to the next lesson and there is a lovely bit at the end […]

What does a materials-lite course look like?

I am including this 30-minute talk debunking the myth of learning styles because many of the teachers I deal with in teacher training believe that learning styles exist and I have tended only not to agree rather than to actively disagree. It is disappointing to find learning styles included in […]

Public service announcement: Learning styles