Month: May 2016

Definitive Article

My First Demo

So your DOS tells you that you’re ready to start doing small star demos, brilliant! So excited! You observe a lot of your colleagues doing demos on a daily basis so why not you? You watch a few and write up a lesson plan, you sit down with your DOS to explain what you’re going…
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Being a couple at EF

Are you a couple who are thinking about coming over to China? Do you want to know how will be for the both of you working in an ESL organisation? In this podcast we invite Grace, Daniel, Bryce and Megan on to talk about life in China as couples.

The Social Laugh

I noticed during the National Conference that the majority of presenters who came from teaching background used a lot of humour intermittent throughout their presentations and this got me thinking about teachers using humour in the classroom.

Intrinsic Phonological Awareness

In a a study of 38 preschool children (3 and 4 years old) a set of phonological awareness tasks were assessed three times over the course of a year. The tasks used were rhyme and alliteration matching tasks with distractor items that were either semantically or phonologically related to the target. In both tasks, the children found the distractors matched for phonological similarity more difficult to reject than the semantically related distractors or the unrelated distractors.

Learning Mandarin

You’re moving to China? Fantastic! Now get those language books out! Learning any type of anything new is tricky. At any age. Do you remember that first piano lesson or the first time you were told the rules to football (soccer) or 21’s (pontoon/ blackjack)? Remember that feeling that you weren’t getting anywhere, all you…
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Podcast – Quick Fire Questions Part 2

Here is the conclusion of our quick fire questions to four experienced EF teachers. Listen to their discussion, debate and ideas on how to deal with everyday situations.

Bloom’s Taxonomy: Learner Acquisition of Language in the Classroom

In this article we explore Bloom’s Taxonomy (How much do you ‘know’ something) and how it relates to learner acquisition of language (kids learning language)

Amy’s Phonics Song: M-Z

CD5 with the help of Amy has completed the Phonics video for M-Z! Big recognition to everyone that starred in the short film. Watch it on youku or download it here. Check out the first A-L Phonics Song here.

Summer is coming…

Forget that Game of Thrones is going to experience the worst winter in the characters memory, here in Chengdu we are in summer. And it’s hella’ hot! Now if you’re from the north of Scotland like me you might not be equipped for the heat. Considering we reach the glorious temperatures of 20 degrees and…
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Podcast – Quick Fire Questions Part 1

We ask quick fire questions to four experienced EF teachers. Listen to their discussion, debate and ideas on how to deal with everyday situations.