The role of feedback in 21st Century

How many times have we wondered as teachers if the feedback we provide in class actually affects the learners’ knowledge positively ? How many times have we felt that practice prevailed over sufficient feedback in class? How many times have we thought that specific learners take our feedback lightly? The time has come to re-evaluate the role … More The role of feedback in 21st Century

Groundhog Day in the Exam Preparation Classroom

By Katherine Bilsborough *Groundhog Day: a situation in which events are or appear to be continually repeated Have you ever noticed that students make the same mistakes over and over again, even when you’ve drawn attention to a specific error, explained why it is wrong and given them practice in the particular language point in … More Groundhog Day in the Exam Preparation Classroom

Back from IH Barcelona ELT Conference 2017: Fresh Feedback

Laura’s Feedback: We’re back! This year, the ELT conference at International House Barcelona (http://www.ihes.com/bcn/tt/conference.html) has been particularly inspiring. It was encouraging to hear from Nayr Ibrahim about how multilingualism is increasingly present in this day and age, and it felt a bit nostalgic to hear Scott Thornbury recalling Communicative Language Teaching in its heyday: I consider … More Back from IH Barcelona ELT Conference 2017: Fresh Feedback

My thoughts on the International House Conference in Barcelona

‘Social language’, ‘schools as social ecologies’, ‘pedagogical caring’ (Sarah Mercer), bringing  the world of communication and the classroom together through technology to promote experiential learning (Scott Thornbury), ‘negotiation of homework’ and the 21 century skills (Lynn Durrant) are some of the key principles and notions that these speakers of such prominence put forward at the … More My thoughts on the International House Conference in Barcelona