Massive Vocabulary Acquisition

Introduction by Marisa Constantinides This piece is an essay by one of my early Delta candidate which I have been planning to post on this blog for years. The reason is my fascination with the notion of massive vocabulary acquisition as reported in a paper by Paul Meara - lost to me and to  him as well!!! - in … Continue reading Massive Vocabulary Acquisition

August 2020 News bulletin

 English for the 21st Century Skills - New Book!  We are pleased and proud to announce that we have contributed chapters in the recently published volume on 'English for the 21st Century Skills' edited by Sophia Mavridi and Daniel Xeri. It's a great volume with expert contibutors from around the world, prefaced by Sugata Mitra and with … Continue reading August 2020 News bulletin

P is for Politeness

The post which follows is an article which appeared in the IATEFL Business English Special Interest Group Newsletter in 2015 

N is for New Information

N is for New Information Screenshot of front pages of papers Definition New information is information that is assumed by the speaker not to be known to or assumed by the addressee, or previously established in the discourse. Discussion New information typically is placed late in the sentence, and has a high amount of stress placed on the words … Continue reading N is for New Information

C is for Coherence

Is she coherent?  Watch this much discussed video of a young beauty pageant contestant answering a question posed by the judges.  Thinking Tasks 1. Is Miss South Carolina coherent or not?   2. Read this text and say if it is coherent. Try to answer the following questions: Where was published? Who authored it? What … Continue reading C is for Coherence

IATEFL 2015 | Marisa Constantinides: Evernote for teacher observation and teacher development | Workshop summary

A great summary of a presentation I did at IATEFL in 2015 – using new tools for teacher observation which also lead to self-observation and reflection.

Here are my original presentation slides on Slidebean – I am afraid that on the day of my second presentation at IATEFL (I did this one twice, once for the LT SIG and once for the main conference), slibean betrayed me and was completely down – so Olya’s summary is without my slides but with the tool itself

https://app.slidebean.com/embed/rtCrPpeNEc

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Olya Sergeeva's ELT blog

Abstract: A tutor, colleague or supervisor with a notepad taking field notes during a lesson is a common sight on teacher development courses. In this talk, I want to show how the use of Evernote can make teacher observations more effective and create an impact that can last longer, leading teachers in training to further reflection and development. Twitter: @marisa_c; slides will are available on Marisa Constatinides’s slidebean. Video is the most reliable way to capture a lesson. There’s technology allowing to easily videotape the class, e.g. Swivel – the teacher is wearing a device, which allows the camera to follow them. But that’s very expensive. What are some cheap alternatives? A lot of observers take detailed notes of everything that happens, what the students and teachers are doing and saying – essentially, becoming a ‘human video’. Typical notes could have three parts: what happened / what you did well / what you…

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G is for Genre

Definition  Genre ( /ˈʒɑːnrə/ or /ˈdʒɑːnrə/; from French, genre French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃ʁ], "kind" or "sort", from Latin: genus (stem gener-), Greek: genos, γένος) is the term for any category of literature or other forms of art or culture, e.g. music, and in general, any type of discourse, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are … Continue reading G is for Genre

Upcoming webinars for educators | September – December 2016

For our Delta readers, a list of upcoming webinars, courtesy of Twitter friend Adi Rajan @adi_rajan