So, here’s the deal: For every blog post I write during the month, I’ll feature one more from my favorites from around the Blogosphere. I plan to keep this going throughout 2013, but I’ll probably need reminding by the end of February! This month I posted nine times, so I get to focus on nine posts from other great ELT bloggers. Here, in no particular order, are the posts that I enjoyed reading in January…
My favourite blog posts from January
There have been some great posts by ELT bloggers this month. Here is a selection of my favorites.
1. In The Dude Abides Mike Griffin reflects on English language teaching and life lessons through a series of epic quotes from the classic film The Big Lebowski. Some of the quotes chosen lend themselves to contrastive analysis better than others, but this whole thing is just so much fun.
2. In BIG Questions for ELL…in 2013! Tony Gurr goes off on one in typically excellent fashion on about more things than I can easily squeeze into one or two sentences. Trust me, it’s worth clicking on the link and reading, OK! Tony’s style of many pictures and constant bolded and italicized sentences drive me nuts, to be honest, but the content is always compelling enough to drag me back to his blog.
3. In Behind the scenes – Writing & Publishing Graded Readers Nicola Prentis recalls the whole process of becoming a graded reader author, taking us through the time frame from initial idea to final publication. This is compelling reading for anyone who, like me, actively wants to be put off even trying to become a writer of graded readers.
4. In Correction and Timing Dale Coulter makes a triumphant return to blogging. There’s a video and a downloadable template sheet for reflecting on how you go about correcting learners to tempt you, so what are you waiting for!
5. In A good day to moan Phil Wade joins the comeback blogger brigade with his first post in six months. It’s a short one but still worth a read: if students play up in class, ask them why instead of getting angry with them! This post has already clocked up 17 responses; pretty sweet after 6 months out of the game!
6. In A is for Accommodation Scott Thornbury shows that it’s easy to make a return from a blogging layoff if you happen to be a superstar of the profession. This post, his first back after blogattical, makes great use of Joey Barton’s pseudo-French accent. Scott has returned to his once-a-week posting schedule and it really is great to have him back in the blogosphere
7. In Why doesn’t this lesson work with these students? Tyson Seburn makes my month by applying the cultural difference theories of Geert Hofstede to language learning. I wrote my dissertation around the work of Hofstede and it was great to read this post, especially the evaluative framework he proposes.
8. In English for Prostitutes Willy Cardoso abandons hopes of starting 2013 with a post full of positivity and instead starts the year with an extremely though provoking offering about how Brazilian prostitutes will be given free English lessons so that they will be better able to communicate with ‘international customers’ at the 2014 World Cup. True story.
9. In Exploring the use of guided visualisation with ESOL learners Mike Harrison delivers one of only two posts during the moth of January. I can let him off is relaxed approach to blogging, though, what with him doing the DELTA and all. Indeed, this post, being related to a DELTA assignment, will make for good reading to all those poor souls embroiled on the teaching course from Hell!
My own blog posts from January
I decided that I was going to blog on a twice-weekly basis throughout 2013. While this will ultimately prove to be an insane decision, I have managed it during January. Here are all my posts from this month…
1. In 4 great strategies for starting early morning classes I describe flexible, adaptable ways to get those early morning lessons off to a fine start.
2. In My next speaking engagement: The 1st international conference on outliers in ELT I put in a bit of advertising for an upcoming conference at which I’ll be speaking.
3. In 1 great way of using technology to give feedback to learners I explain hi I use Class Dojo to give immediate feedback on classroom performance.
4. In The ELT survival kit: 3 steps to keeping your whiteboard clean I deal with the practical need to take care of one of your best friends!
5. In 5 creative activities for teaching adjectives I share a few activities which I find to be great in developing learners’ use of adjectives.
6. In A perfect analogy for our problems with coursebooks? I share a video in which I attempt to draw an analogy between ELT course books and popular self-repair auto manuals.
7. In The greatest creative writing activity ever I respond to a challenge from the Teaching English Facebook page to share an activity which I use time and again.
8. In Nominated for the Teaching English post of the month I gloat a little about having been shortlisted for a blogging award.
9. In 3 contrasting views on the effects of text messaging on English grammar I revisit a theme I’d previously touched on back in 2010, i.e. the effect of texting on grammar and whether it is something we need to consider in language classrooms.
If I’ve missed your epic post from my list, and this is probable, given my inability to keep up with all the great ELT blogs out there, please feel free to help me correct my error by linking to your writing in the comments section below.
Have a great February!