3 September 2016

On 50 years of TEFL

Scott Thornbury's plenary at IATEFL 2016 gives an overview of significant developments in TEFL since 1966.

On the MOOC for IELTS

A 5 week MOOC (3 hours per week) to provide useful background for teachers of candidates for this popular exam.

On the MOOC for IELTS

A 5 week MOOC (3 hours per week) to provide useful background for teachers of candidates for this popular exam.

22 August 2016

Benny Lewis speaking on RTE about how he has acquired a range of languages, based on Fluent in 3 Months

On VIDEO of Absolute Beginners workshop, 15 August 2016

The event for teachers of Absolute Beginners
15 August 2016

21 August 2016

On Local and Family History

This site, created a decade ago, contains some items of potential use for those among the community who share an interest in local and family history: especially about people, places and events in the north of Ireland.

On refreshment

I observe that there is an opportunity to revise, refresh and refocus some of the content of this resource for our purposes on The BELFAST Programme.

11 December 2015

Use this to find out more about new words and how they can be used in English.

On MOOCs 02

What is a MOOC? 
  • MOOC stands for a Massive Open Online Course
  • MOOCs are online courses aimed at large-scale participation using the internet
  • They are similar to university courses, but do not offer academic credit
Find out more:
Over to you
  • Explore this aggregator to explore past, current and forthcoming MOOCs.
  • Post a message to identify a MOOC that you think would be of particular interest for people who are studying management.

On BelfastiTours

Downloadable audio visual walking tours of the city, available FREE in a dozen short sections from http://www.gotobelfast.com/. Or search YouTube.

On herding cats

Over to you
What are the main challenges facing the BELFAST Programme as we move into 2016?

6 December 2015

On blogging

 Sunday 6 December 2015
 Please scroll down to see the new content. 

I have had this blog since 2002 - a long time ...

In this area I contribute anything that seems likely to be of interest to those I meet, either in teaching or elsewhere.

NOVEMBER 2015: I am starting to mine archives of past postings, from Cavan and elsewhere, to identify some options for a simple but sufficient set of resources for the BELFAST Programme's various stakeholders:
  • Volunteer Teachers
  • Personal Learning Planners
  • Beginners
  • ... ? Absolute Beginners ?
(while familiarising myself with the latest interface).

PLEASE add comments, etc. as we seek to build the virtual community.

On the Yes / No game

Michael Miles had success with this TV game more than half a century ago.
Contestants in a light-hearted quiz game could not use the words YES or NO; nor could they nod or shake their heads.

Michael Miles
host of Take Your Pick

Peter Viney used the idea in Unit 33 of Streamline Connections to provide opportunities for Learners of English to provide and practise more interesting alternatives to YES and NO.
For example:
  • That's right!
  • That's OK!
  • That's correct!
  • OK!
  • That's wrong!
  • That's not correct!

On Down Memory Lane

I have just reactivated the link to Down Memory Lane, a site that contains a growing number of photographs from different towns in the north of Ireland.

Over to you
  • Are there any items here of particular interest to yourself?
  • In what ways might we be able to use such a resources with Learners on the BELFAST Programme?

On China - Kathy Flower

This book, written by Kathy Flower (formerly of International House London), in the worthwhile Culture Smart series provides a guide to the complexities of living in a rapidly changing world power.
Find out more about:
  • Customs, values and traditions
  • Historical, religious and political background
  • Life at home
  • Leisure, social and cultural life
  • Eating and drinking
  • Do's, don'ts and taboos
  • Business practices
  • Communication, both spoken and unspoken.

                                                     Kathy Flower