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TEFL Interviews 23: Hayo Reinders on the Future of Language Learning

Welcome back to the TEFLology Podcast – a podcast all about teaching English as a foreign language and related matters!

Today we’re delighted to bring you an interview with Prof. 118 more words


Developing Learner Autonomy through a Selection of Practical Reading and Writing Activities

As students acclimate to university life, they often are encouraged by teachers to take their education into their own hands by becoming responsible for their own learning, what teachers refer to as ‘being an autonomous learner.’  While most teachers try to balance stick-and-carrot motivation, from the student perspective it usually boils down to either having more tasks to complete for explicit credit (viewed as a stick) or to the broad, and most likely ignored, realm of ‘self-study’ (a dangling carrot).  162 more words

Encouraging autonomy in teen classes

You might not need to encourage your students to take control of their learning. I do. My teens aren’t used to working independently or undertaking tasks without the teacher directing proceedings. 835 more words


Learner-centred teaching from A1: An Olympic Crossword


Since we’re in the midst of the Olympics, yesterday one of my colleagues handed me a crossword with names of Olympic sports and other associated vocab. 348 more words


Long Live Exam Prep- Part Minus Two A: The First Lesson

As I explained in Part Minus One the first day of an exam prep class can be the stuff of TEFL nightmares. So here’s a suggestion for how to avoid unnecessary stress. 506 more words


Learner Autonomy

One of the things I really like about my new school is that they really encourage learner autonomy. In the first instance we can encourage learner autonomy in the classroom – allowing students to have a say in how they learn, reducing the amount of scaffolding used, and offering students choice in the media they use to present their ideas, or the topics or texts they study. 800 more words


Promoting learner autonomy from day one: individual selection of reading texts in the ELT classroom (Part 2)

In part 1 of this article I explained how you can start of encouraging learner autonomy in the classroom from the first day’s homework assignment. … 729 more words