Free book on online learning

Free book on online learning

Every cloud has a silver lining so they say. My websites were mostly out of action in the last quarter of 2014 and so I started blogging on Linked In on the theme of Online Learning. This was well received but I haven’t found the secret of how to conveniently refer to Linked In posts. […]

Learning: rule-driven or curiosity-driven?

Learning: rule-driven or curiosity-driven?

I have noticed that there are basically two types of learning and these are either rule-driven or curiosity-driven. Most learning in our education systems seems to be rule-driven and failure in this type of learning happens when the student does not know (or ignores) the rules. My daughter asked me to take a look at a […]

M-HOUSE: YouTube intros

M-HOUSE: YouTube intros

    Once all the piloting is done, the M-HOUSE project intends to make its course materials freely available. One of the constant elements in each of the 8 modules is a video introduction. The course modules are shown in the table below and where the module title is linked this leads to that module’s intro video. […]

IELTS nuts and bolts

IELTS nuts and bolts

While it may be very exciting to hear about new tech applications or about initiatives in far-flung parts of the world or even about ground-breaking pedagogical approaches, there will always be a place for learning more about the bread and butter of TEFL, ie teaching English, or, in this case, preparing students for a very […]

Content as launch pad?

Content as launch pad?

A conversation I need to practice is the one about interaction in online courses being key. I obviously have not yet got it right because I too often end up in the position where I appear to be downgrading the importance of content. How does this happen? I am not sure, but it seems that […]

Not just language

Not just language

While mobile devices are frowned on in some contexts, in others they are the ONLY option for delivering learning. Mike Solly from the UK’s Open University described how migrant workers from Bangladesh spend long periods, usually in the Middle East but also South Korea and elsewhere, working to send remittances to their family. However, they are […]

Is M-HOUSE a CLIL course?

Is M-HOUSE a CLIL course?

Adult CLIL in practice from annefox.eu At our very first meeting of the M-HOUSE project when the partners were discussing the detail of how we were going to offer a course in transferring household skills into a business context, one of the partners observed that a selling point would be that it would improve your […]

Implementing mobile

Implementing mobile

It is getting harder to find How To sessions devoted to specific digital tools at IATEFL compared to previous years. I guess that this is because digital tools are becoming more mainstream. So the mood is moving more towards implementation at an institutional level. The good people at The Consultants-E, Gavin Dudeney and Nicky Hockly […]

Edge of Chaos

Edge of Chaos

Who wouldn’t go to a session entitled ‘Teaching at the Edge of Chaos’? Sugata Mitra caused a furore at the end of last year’s IATEFL by suggesting that teachers are not needed (Is there a way of taking teachers out of the equation?) and that they in fact get in the way of learning. So […]

The man from the Ministry

The man from the Ministry

There was an article in a London newspaper a few days ago about the 107 languages used by London residents, raising questions about the cost and practicality of educating children with such diverse linguistic needs. Harry Kuchah Kuchah in Cameroon is faced with a situation where 256-258 languages are spoken, more than double the total found in London, and with […]

A culture of poverty

A culture of poverty

It takes a lot to persuade people these days to spend more than four minutes on a video and yet I am suggesting that you spend 64 minutes on this talk. For me this was the most powerful IATEFL2015 plenary (though Kuchah Kuchah’s comes a close second). What shines through this story is faith in people. […]

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