Design Successful Learning
Teaching pronunciation is usually done by two methods: “listen and repeat” and “correction.” “Say it this way” and “No, that’s not right. Say it this way.” Imitation works for some students some of the time, but for systematic work with correction, it’s important to work on 5 essential principles consistently! The key concept in teaching...
The most effective way to teach listening is through “top down processing” – this means focusing on understanding information, analyzing ideas, and recalling key points. (The two other ways are bottom-up processing and interactive listening, which we’ll talk about in another post.) To use top-down processing activities, you need to have relatively long pieces to...
Many teachers now have one-on-one or small group Zoom classes with their students. These can be great opportunities for learning — even better than live classes. But sometime these classes can “go south”, if the teacher is unprepared. Here are 5 tips to make sure your Zoom conversation classes are successful. 1. Be an active...
The necessity to prepare online classes amid this unexpected coronavirus shutdown has put a lot of pressure on teachers and administrators. It certainly has created new stresses for students as well.  It’s normal to feel helpless and frustrated … and unprepared. That feeling is a normal human response. The current situation of uncertainty reminds me of...
“Intensive listening”, the focus on individual words and attention to the details of sound, is usually not given much explicit practice in typical language classrooms. Why not? Because it seems kind of boring…at least it seems to be boring to the teacher! But the students, on the other hand, often find this type of practice...