Connecting Language Learners_ Metaphors for Language Learning with Autonomous Learning Behaviours One of my standby classroom activities, good for filling in those gaps in the schedule mysteriously marked as 'review', was to ask the students for their metaphors for learning. It's a classic teacher training activity but usually creates a lively discussion amongst students too, … Continue reading Metaphor and Learner Autonomy (2018 updates)
Presented at The 9th Annual LIBERLIT Conference, February 19th, 2018 ABSTRACT “Grade the task, not the text”, will be a familiar axiom to many language teachers. As Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) gained mainstream acceptance in many (although by no means all) teaching contexts, the use of authentic materials became commonplace - a trend only accelerated … Continue reading Task vs. Text: Language Teaching Approaches To Teaching Literature
UPDATE: (6th November, 2014) This is a developing presentation / workshop which I first gave at the JALT National Conference on October 14th, 2012. I will add further information from time to time, but for a selection of useful links and readings you can check this list at diigo. I very much enjoyed presenting a … Continue reading Creating and Using Digital Video with Learners
Presented at EUROCALL 2015, University of Padua, August 27th, 2015 The Background When the university I was working at bought a set of small video cameras, I was intrigued. I started playing around with them in class, first I had the learners record and transcribe conversations, then I guided them to make skits and instructional … Continue reading Beyond Television: Critically examining and creating new video genres with language learners
a class with no teacher from darren elliott on Vimeo. I don't blog about my classroom practice as often as I used to, but I still have a great interest in reflective practice. One difficulty in maintaining meaningful reflection is that your reflective needs change over time. A worthwhile exercise, then, is to revisit past … Continue reading A Class with No Teacher Revisited
A presentation at the Japan Association of Language Teachers conference in Shizuoka, 21/11/2009. Choosing the technology that works for you! from darren elliott on Vimeo. You can download a copy of the handout here. I'd love to hear your feedback on the presentation itself or, better, any of the technology you are using. How do you … Continue reading Choosing the Technology which works for YOU!
Personal Learning Networks - the what, why and how from darren elliott on Vimeo. A presentation at the 4th International Wireless Ready Symposium, Nagoya, February 19th 2010. A good starting point for twitter. I've made a list of ELT professionals and educational technologists worth following... there are many more out there too, but these might … Continue reading Personal Learning Networks – the what, why and how