An Incredibly Profound Way of Looking at Language Education

An Incredibly Profound Way of Looking at Language Education

I’m sure that many of you are already familiar with TED.com, the site that spreads ideas from leading thinkers in their field.

There’s one talk I’d like to draw your attention to, as it holds so many ideas that are relevant to us in the TEFL and language education field. As a bonus, it'll even make you laugh a couple of times.

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Why You Can Deliver a Technically Perfect Lesson ... and Still Suck

Why You Can Deliver a Technically Perfect Lesson ... and Still Suck

You walk out of class and do a fist pump “YESSSS!”. A technically  perfect lesson.

You delivered everything in the lesson plan exactly as planned. Down-to-the-frickin’-minute. Instructions were sharp. Classroom management was impeccable. Your graded language was flawless. The students completed their tasks on time and to spec.

So why do you have a little voice of doubt nagging at the back of your mind?

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Teaching the Coursebook vs. Teaching Your Students

Teaching the Coursebook vs. Teaching Your Students

Coursebooks suck. Most teachers I know don’t like the coursebook they use. Some actively hate it, and blame it for making their lives worse. They say it’s irrelevant to their students. Linguistically it’s too easy or too difficult for 80% of the class. Culturally there’s no point of connection for students (they’re not middle class American kids).

Also, it’s just ‘plain boring’.

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