One of the many delights of teaching is when your students suddenly start formulating their own theories on learning, particulary if they are notions which you had been trying to get across to them perhaps even months ago. This happened to me yesterday when one of my students who has always hated anything that approaches… Continue reading The joys of Teaching!
Every time I start a lesson with a new class.....it's like falling in love! It's so exciting to walk into that room and see the expectant faces! And I KNOW what they are thinking. "Will this be the time I really manage to get to grips with this language,?"
Well, today will be a really busy day. This evening I am giving the presentation of the courses for the next academic year 2018/2019, and it's really exciting. Seeing old students who just come to say hello and keep in touch and meeting new people, prospective learners who are trying to make up their minds… Continue reading Busy Day
Well, this evening I decided to make my first recording! It's not actually my first because I have been practising, but it's the first that I have saved. I'll publish it and then we'll see if anyone feels like having a conversation with me, because, as I've said before, this is the main stumbling block… Continue reading Recording
Goodness me! I didn't realise just how much time had passed since I last wrote! This time of the year is pretty busy, setting up work, planning lessons, reading all I can get my hands on in order to work better. It's so exciting!
Yes, it's got a whole load of meanings, not just male bees or bombs-on-presidents! I used to tease my uni students by "droning" on like them...finishing with "amen" just to make them realise, with a laugh, how boring they were. Drone means to speak in a flat, boring, way, losing your listeners' interest on the… Continue reading Droning
I always find it very embarrassing when I tell my students that they need to speak well. The reason? I've been in Italy for a long ,long time and I still speak like Stan Laurel! But the point is this: People can understand me because Italian is a pretty straightforward language to speak, whereas if you don't… Continue reading Pronunciation problems
I'd like to help people learn English. I have very long experience teaching English and the one thing that stands out in my mind is this. After the first lesson my students say to me, "no one ever told me that" so I do think I could help YOU too