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Professional Development – What Is It And Why Does It Matter?

self-directed professional development

Asking a teacher about professional development is a bit like asking fish about the water they swim in. PD seems to be everywhere. It is often assumed and taken for granted, and the reasons for doing it can at times be transparent and at others pretty unclear. Sometimes, professional development can seem like an obligation, like something that is expected as part of being a teacher. Other times, it can feel like a natural extension of teaching. Continue reading


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4 Tips For Developing Teacher Confidence In The Classroom

A confident teacher pointing to herself with the writing: 4 Tips For Developing Teacher Confidence In The ClassroomMost teachers have been there. One student disagrees with your answer and next, other learners start to disagree, ‘that’s not what you told us last week, teacher….’ Suddenly you are no longer sure if what you told them is actually correct. Even though moments of self-doubt can be healthy to keep teachers on their toes, moments like this can also make teachers feel less positive about their teaching abilities and affect teacher confidence. Continue reading


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OALD: The Impact of Digitalization on Information Presentation

OALD 10th edition bookDictionaries were once thought of only as a printed reference work. However, from around 1990, English dictionaries for learners became available on portable electronic devices, CD/DVD-ROMs, and the internet. These days, dictionary apps are easily accessible on smartphones. In this article, I will explore the impact of digitalization on how information is presented in dictionaries. Continue reading


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5 Fun End-Of-Year Classroom Activities

A teacher and students having fun doing some classroom activities.It’s the end of the year and you want to do some fun classroom activities with your students before you take a break. Now is the perfect opportunity to reflect on the past twelve months and see how much your students have learned. It’s also a good time to revise vocabulary and enjoy practising language without spending a long time on complicated lesson plans.

Here are five quick and easy classroom activities that don’t need a lot of preparation. Continue reading


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Volunteer Teaching: My Experience Teaching English To Refugees

Leanne and her students during her volunteer teaching tripThe Project

Two Americans, Two Brits, a Spaniard, an Australian, a Swede, a Polish, a Norwegian and an Italian. The small (but mighty) team that built the new free shop known as the Szafa Dobra or Wardrobe of good in Krakow, Poland. Over just a few weeks this small team of volunteers working for Drapen I havet/A drop in the Ocean and Internationale Bund Polska rallied to set up the free shop. From finding a location to stripping and painting walls to sourcing electricity and unpacking countless cardboard boxes, it was no easy task. Not only this, but the team were also volunteer teaching in the evenings – a busy few weeks! Continue reading