The Cambridge Delta and Why I Chose the Intensive Course Option

  Since the time I completed my Delta course and overall assessment, I have received several messages from prospective candidates who want to or have to follow an intensive course because no other viable option is open to them. But often, colleagues have read this or that comment, especially in various forums, and have been … Continue reading The Cambridge Delta and Why I Chose the Intensive Course Option

Interruptions | A meeting skills activity

Great post and idea for a speaking skills lesson

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Immersivities

Business meeting

Interruptions … it’s something most my learners struggle with and it’s a skill they require daily because no one in a corporate setting can escape attending at least one meeting a day, if not more. To complicate matters, turn taking varies across cultures. In the US, Northern Europe and Japan, interruptions are uncommon and generally considered rude. In France, Brazil and India, interruptions are more common and are sometimes seen as a sign of being engaged. I’ve also observed that some of my learners in India tend to completely shut up when they are in meetings with overseas clients and seniors, to the extent that even when they genuinely need to interrupt to clarify something or provide some information, they don’t.  Here’s an activity that addresses both these issues. For learners who sort of talk over each other, it offers statements that can help them more politely take the turn…

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Course Design for 9-10 year old learners in Greece

A Module 3 Assignment on Teaching Young Learners This is is the first of a series of Module 3 assignments which we have decided to share through this blog, with the candidate's permission, of course. Course Design for 9-10 year old learners in Greece The  project was written by Sharon Noseley and received a Merit … Continue reading Course Design for 9-10 year old learners in Greece

The effect the Delta has had on my teaching and learning

After I finished my M.Ed in Tesol I thought to myself, "ok I have studied a lot, I have conducted research, written some assignments. I am ready to teach!" And I did. I have been doing so for some years actually. Then I found out about the Delta. Whatever I thought about my teaching style, my … Continue reading The effect the Delta has had on my teaching and learning

How the DELTA has shaped my thinking about teaching and learning so far.

Having done the CELTA back in 2000 I felt it was time to upgrade my knowledge and skills. The DELTA has helped me to take a closer look at how I conduct my lessons and to learn about the theory that underpins a lot of what we teachers do in the classroom.  It has, in … Continue reading How the DELTA has shaped my thinking about teaching and learning so far.