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Oh no, not an observation!  Every teacher will doubtless be able to tell you about a nightmare observation in which everything went wrong and to which the resulting dreaded feedback was every bit as critical as feared (I know I could). Such anecdotes often reveal inherent problems in the observations procedures in a school in the ...

CPD seems to be one of the ELT buzzwords of 2012.  The annual IATEFL conference seemed to have a greater emphasis on it than ever this year, with everyone from the publishers through to exam bodies (re)launching initiatives aimed at CPD and the language teacher.  In case you don’t know, CPD stands for Continuous Professional Development; ...

淤泥 (Yu Ni) = a fertile sediment that builds up along river banks or at river deltas (silt) SYLTs (Shanghai Yunnan Local Tutors) = one of the results of IH London‘s involvement in education projects in China, since 2005. Origins of SYLTs Back in 2010, the IHL-GP Shanghai team faced a number of challenges in connection with the ...

  Kylie Malinowska (IHWO YL Advisor) & Sophie Montagne (IHWO Membership Services & Internal Communications) The 2012 Young Learners’ Conference in Prague, Czech Republic was well-supported and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Held on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd March, 63 YL teachers and coordinators from 37 IH schools in 18 countries gathered in the Czech capital for two ...

By Kylie Malinowska In today’s super fast world everyone is hungry for more ideas but has no time to read or share them. That’s why I love Carol Crombie’s  (DOS at IH Viseu) great idea presented at the IHWO YL Conference. Carol collected and collated simple ideas that can be placed on slips of paper on your ...

by Sandy Millin Do you remember your first year of teaching after you qualified? How did you feel? For me, there was a lot to get my head around: a new country, a new language, new books, a new lifestyle and a whole new way of looking at my language. I’ve heard it said many times ...

Reviewed by Stefano Federici, IH Roma Manzoni Overview:  “The real world in your classroom” This is one of the quotes describing the new Speakout multi level series from Pearson Longman. Written with supplementary material from the BBC, the authors have certainly succeeded in bringing interesting authentic material into the classroom. Aimed at an adult audience the content ...

Reviewed by Shaun Wilden, IHWO Digital Play by Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer is the latest publication in the DELTA publishing teacher development series.  In my opinion this series of books is fast becoming a must for all teachers.  Like previous publications in the series, Digital Play offers the teacher a set of ideas and activities ...

Reviewed by Norman Cain, IH Rome Manzoni In the introduction to her book Jenni Guse states she hopes to ‘provide communicative opportunities  [for students] to notice, experiment with, analyse, produce and practice the language and skills that are essential to the study of English for Academic Purposes’ I must admit this was what interested me most ...

Reviewed by Chia Suan Chong, IH London At the IH DOS Conference this year, Robin Walker spoke about ‘Teaching Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)’, and I watched him impassion even the ELF cynics into openly admitting that they could not wait to cascade his plenary talk to the rest of their teachers. The ...