Ah, my friends the spammers…


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As you can see from the site archives, I haven’t posted anything to this site for 18 months – and even back then I was removing articles from the site!

When I logged in, I found over a hundred spam comments in the queue. I really should have saved some because they’re just too ridiculous. Anyway… if you’re reading this and you’ve got a moment, how about answering the question in the sidebar? (Just look for the dancing bear)

Cheers,
Leslie

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Spring cleaning comes to an end


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This is, I think, the last batch of old articles I’ll be linking to for the time-being. The next step is to go through and edit a lot of them.

Please be sure to leave your comments and/or questions.

This article is a short description of a game everyone knows, even if you don’t recognise its Japanese name. It also gives some tips for managing the game to make it educational and more than just a manic screaming/hitting match.

 

Another classroom favourite that is highly effective when used correctly. It does require creating and storing cards, which is less than ideal, but the trade-off is that it’s challenging and motivating for students – including adults, as I’ve seen many times.

 

This is an article that grew out of the previous one. One really frustrating thing about card games is that if you don’t laminate them, you have to copy and cut out everything each time you play.

And if you don’t want to do that, you have to laminate the cards, which presents its own set of challenges.

 

I give away a worksheet to people who request email updates with instructions on how to play the 3-2-1-0! Game, which I learnt at a monthly ideas-share years ago from my colleague, Brian Johnson.

This post is actually my response to a question I received about how the game is played. There are some extra tips here and a link for how you can join the email updates list and get a copy of the worksheet.

 

Have fun!
Leslie


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More from the archive: Professional Development


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I’m still cleaning stuff! Here are some articles I wrote about professional development type topics. Lots more to say about this when I have time and can organise my thoughts clearly.

This turned out to be a bit long and unfocused and I should really re-record the video for this. I was trying to set up a series of articles that I’d sketched out and ended up banging on too long.

I haven’t culled it just yet because there is some useful stuff in there. It just needs a good edit.

 

This was supposed to be the start of the series proper. I never did write more articles in this series and I can’t remember why. I think I was getting quite frustrated with TEFL at the time and just had to take a break.

I’ll dig out that framework of ideas for subsequent parts and see if it’s still inspiring enough to get cracking on finishing it.

 

This article is about the sad state of affairs that is PD in most schools and what I think are the minimum requirements from an administrative standpoint to get professional development off the ground (and, ideally, keep it in flight!) in your organisation.

 

This was a little bit of fun inspired by the previous article (The Three “Rs”) and a post on Alex Cases’s blog titled “Don’t Do the CELTA”.

It was also a chance to elicit some feedback from readers regarding professional development after the previous article. I’d still love to hear your thoughts. The survey linked to on that page is still open.

 

Based on the survey responses I received, I made a 24-minute video walk-through of the aggregated responses plus some tips if you’re involved with PD in any way.

 

This article follows a back-and-forth maze of posts and comments between Nick Jaworski of Turklish TEFL and I about whether using metalanguage is a useful classroom endeavour.

 

Hope you enjoy ‘em!
Leslie

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