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

The Teacher’s Experience as a Language Learner: a Powerful Motivation Tool

I am very excited about writing this, as this is my first blog post as a writer. I am also very excited because it’s about what motivates people to keep learning languages. When I first thought about writing this post, I did some reading and took notes on what factors motivated learners to learn, and … More The Teacher’s Experience as a Language Learner: a Powerful Motivation Tool

Motivating learners by establishing good teaching practices

Instilling in learners love and passion for learning a foreign language is a demanding and ongoing process, thus making the learner feel comfortable right from the beginning of the course is a bet the teacher has to win. This is not always easy to achieve, especially with the adults, who have very high expectations of … More Motivating learners by establishing good teaching practices