Storytelling

Here are some alternate views of storytelling.  What does each person mean by “storytelling”?  What is the key piece of advice in each video?   Drew...
Non-verbal cues in listening

Non-verbal cues in listening

    Gaze direction (5 positions): unmarked, or  down, to the right or left of listener, directly at the listener, switching gaze from face to face of multiple listeners, moving gaze out of frame, other. Body position Distance reduction : unmarked, or...

The importance of making mistakes

I met Michael DeZubiria after he came back from 4 years of teaching in China, as a university “professor”.  I asked him how he went about teaching English, and he explained that his job was a combination of “entertainment, motivational speaking,...

Educator’s Job: Opening the door

Here’s one of my heroes, Mawi Asegdom, talking about the role of parents and educators in creating opportunities for children, students without pushing them through the door.   I remember seeing Mawi live, and was initially shocked when he said,...

Claudio Soares: Teaching is ‘doing something together’

I was impressed with how Claudio Soares talks about the role of teaching in developing the student’s ‘expression’.  It’s not about ‘teaching’ but rather ‘doing something together’, and in this way the student experiences...

Holistic Approaches to Developing Fluency (Rost)

FLUENCY HolisticApproaches(MichaelRost)V1   Not long ago, I was asked to give a presentation on developing fluency.  I thought of several formulations of fluency:  speed, facility, capacity… and then came back to one used by Paul Nation, ‘using what...

Dual Processing – Integrating Text and Audio

Here’s a short oral presentation on …introversion vs. extroversion, using the RSA Approach of including hyper-speed doodly notes to accompany the presentation.  Watch:  why is this approach effective (or not)?       Is it the voice? the...

Engagement and multiple intelligences

The key claim of MI theory is that when the strongest, deepest, most intertwined connections are made during learning, the learning will be more durable. When a learner is engaged, there will be greater learning. Using “multiple channels” invigorates...

Top Ten Tips for Teaching Listening

I have frequently been asked to give a basic presentation to teachers on the teaching of listening. For this kind of presentation, I do “go back to basics” and think of the top ten pieces of advice I could give to a teacher, to be sure they’re...

Online Learning

DONGBEI UNIVERSITY-Teaching with LEI (Rost) September 2011 V2

Personalization

I developed as a teacher by progressive understandings about communication, what it is, how it can be taught, how it can be assessed. A key concept in communicative teaching is personalization – which means having student investment, not just invovlement, as the...

Maximize student learning online

Here is a monograph I wrote about the learning principles in Pearson English Interactive. Those who have seen me present on this topic know that I advocate blended learning (and oh yeah, ALL learning is blended learning…): the best use of LEI – or other online...