TTT 023 : A Discussion about Efficient Learning for the Poor and Languages with Helen Abadzi
06 June 2016
Dr. Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist and polyglot who has attained at least an intermediate-level knowledge of 19 languages. Her linguistic competencies have shaped her career and enabled her to better access and understand the educational systems in the developing countries in which she has worked. Her focus has been largely centered on improving outcomes for marginalized students in developing countries. She has spent 27 years as a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank. During her long career, she has produced a number of important publications, including the widely cited Efficient Learning for the Poor published in 2006. In more recent years she has become interested in and advocated the importance of automaticity in learning; that is, building a foundation for learning through old-fashioned drill which can then free up the memory for the execution of more complex tasks. Dr. Abadzi currently lectures at the University of Texas at Arlington in the USA.
TTT 014 : "I teach in my hometown but feel like I teach abroad" with Kathryn Stewart
18 October 2015
Kathryn Stewart is a teacher who specialises in ESL (English as a Second Language) teaching. She currently teaches ESL and Social Studies in a small private high school in Richmond, in the state of British Columbia, Canada. Ever since she was a 16-year-old and volunteered in an English Language summer camp she has wanted to be a teacher. In 2008, she gained a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from Bilkent University in Turkey. Then in 2011 she completed a Bachelor of Education in Secondary Social Studies and ESL Teaching from The University of British Columbia. Kathryn believes that learning a new language should be a positive and engaging journey. She draws on a wide variety of teaching experience and contexts having worked with children and adults in Indonesia, Turkey, Australia and Canada. She is familiar with different learning styles and is especially interested in how home language usage can support learning in a second (or third or fourth!) language. She creates a supportive and challenging environment to help students grow as learners and meet their goals. As well as being a teacher, Kathryn is also a committed blogger for The Esperanza Education Blog where she has written a number of blogs on a variety of topics such as her experiences in the classroom, the differences between public and private education, national identity, immigration, stereotypes and the Mandarin language among others.
TTT 013 : What I learnt from my NQT teacher training with Julien Lemaire
27 September 2015
Julien Lemaire is a native French MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) teacher in an Inner city London school. In the academic year 2013/14 he completed a year-long Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). The following year he completed his NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) in which he was also observed by OFSTED in one of his lessons graded ‘Outstanding’. An accomplished linguist, Julien speaks five languages to a high level French, Italian, English, German and Spanish. He currently specialises in teaching two of these languages. Prior to his teaching career he spent nine years working as a sales team manager for the supermarket chain Carrefour in Cagliari, Sardinia which is where he also spent a year as an Erasmus exchange student.
TTT 08 : What I learnt from Teaching English around the World with Pete Hurst
14 June 2015
Pete Hurst is an English ELT (English Language Teaching) professor, currently living in Cusco, Peru. He has travelled extensively, visiting more than 35 countries and has lived and worked in four different continents. These experiences have given him a deeper understanding of both the cultures and education systems in the countries and continents in which he has lived and taught. At the moment, he is developing a free EFL website: www.colibrienglish.com with the aim of helping people build both their skills and knowledge of the English Language. He has an MA in English with Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and a BA in English and Philosophical Studies.
TTT 007 : What I learnt from my PGCE teacher training with Julien Lemaire
31 May 2015
Julien Lemaire is a native French MFL (Modern Foreign Languages) teacher in an Inner city London school, where he is in the last term of his NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year. An accomplished linguist, Julien speaks five languages to a high level French, Italian, English, German and Spanish. He currently specialises in teaching two of these languages. In the academic year 2013/14 he completed a year long Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). Prior to this he had spent nine years working as a sales team manager for the supermarket chain Carrefour in Cagliari, Sardinia which is where he also spent a year as an Erasmus exchange student.
TTT 003 : What does Teaching through the target language mean? with James Stubbs
25 February 2015
James Stubbs is a hugely dynamic, passionate and creative Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher. He has taught French and Spanish for over 15 years in four comprehensive schools in the UK. He has been Head of Department and Subject Leader in two schools. Prior to 2013 he taught English as a Foreign Language for 3 years at Hello James! (his own language school) and ran courses in aspects of communicative methodology for MFL teachers in the UK and in Spain. He’s particularly interested in teaching through the medium of the target language and incorporating visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning styles in everything that goes on in the classroom. He has run several INSET courses for teachers of MFL and been invited to speak at several conferences and schools throughout the UK. One of these conferences was at the Language Show Live in London where James, who is a member of the Magic Circle gave an enthralling talk to a packed out crowd on how to use magic tricks as a tool for getting pupils to use quite advanced grammatical structures at an earlier stage in their learning than usual.
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