Category: Professional Development

A mix of online webinars, online courses and MOOCs.

CET webinar – Thinking Through English

Thinking Skills This webinar was particularly apt, having just recorded a podcast about Bloom’s Taxonomy in Chinese for my Educollaborate project. These experiences combined have Bloom’s six categories etched into my brain in both English and Chinese! But what is Bloom’s Taxonomy? Well, they are six levels of cognition that may be used by educators Read More …

From Plan to Action: Understanding my Skills and Interests

Uncovering Future Interests Back in September 2014, just before I began my Masters in Digital Technologies for Language Teaching at the University of Nottingham, I met up with a friend who is an I.T. whizz. She was due to help me migrate my Tumblr blog to WordPress, help with plug-ins and in general, help me Read More …

Week 22 – TECW – Second Short Story

Provocations of Light Light pierces through the dense environs, revealing a blurry entity, writhing, entrapped. Like a certain babe in the manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, the conscious thing lies on the ground, motionless, seemingly considering options. Arms unseen, the outline hints at the form of a human being, and yet the overly large cranium Read More …

Week 21 – TECW – My Blogging History

Reflections on Blogging I’m not a writer, per se, but have written a diary ever since I was quite young. I do like to ruminate about things, to sit back, reflect and analyse my thoughts, so writing a diary suits me well. Fast forward to my arrival in China, and I began an online travel Read More …

Week 21 – SLA – My Language Teacher Identity (Part 2)

This week we delved into the language teacher identity through Varghese et. al’s work on Theorizing Language Teacher Identity.   My Self- Identity: Social Identity Theory In terms of social identity as a NEST in China, I have been assigned a higher status (US being the highest) where there is constant debate about which accent Read More …

Week 21 – SLA – My Language Teacher Identity (Part 1)

Pre-Teaching experiences with Language Teachers – Strong role models at secondary school: my Latin teacher and all of my French teachers – NNFS teacher encouraged me to carry our my third year (of a four year ‘sandwich’ degree) industry placement in Paris. Pre-Teaching experience with TEFL – Weekend TEFL taster: the young, back backers didn’t Read More …

Snag It: A Test

 Here I use Snag It to give advice to a friend about studying Spanish online. Take a look! Image and Screen Capture Since my tutor recommended I try alternative ways to express my ideas on my blog, I have been experimenting with free online audio and video capture tools. This one, Snag It, I have Read More …

Powtoon: A Test

Online Animated Presentation Software Continuing the theme of experimentation, I re-worked my ‘This is my city: London’ presentation using Powtoon, an online animation and slides tool, to compare results with previous attempts. It is important to point out here that I used their SlidesPro plan, and not the Studio plan, which includes animation. With Powtoon, Read More …

CET webinar – Teaching Students to Write Coherently

Coherence and Cohesion How does coherence differ from cohesion? Well, IELTS writing band descriptors define coherence as a ‘logical sequence of ideas, appropriate use of paragraphing, effective use of cohesive devices and referencing, clear overall progression of argument’. According to the presenter, and quoting Thornbury (2006), “A text is cohesive if it’s elements are linked Read More …

(MA) DTLT – Week 7 – Two Digital Projects – TEFL and TCSOL

ACTION RESEARCH Teaching English as a Foreign Language Background – In order to make practical application of knowledge gained on my Masters course and to better understand the value of technology use in the TEFL classroom, I plan to review the use of the IWB and Activ Table at my school. Plan – Following the Read More …