Welcome to Issue 37!

Welcome to the June 2015 issue of the IH Journal! Earlier in the year we conducted a poll of IH Journal users and asked you what you would like to see more of in the IH Journal. Thank you to everyone who took part, your input was very useful and we have taken it account when preparing this edition.…

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CELTA Gone Techy

by Kateryna Protsenko At 3:51am my phone goes off signaling that I have been invited to edit a document on Google Drive. Luckily, I am a heavy sleeper and an annoying signal of an incoming email cannot wake me up. When I open my eyes and stretch lazily at 6am, there’s this invitation and two other…

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Non-Techies, Stop Freakin’ Out and Start Flippin’

by Shawn Severson and Sandra Luna Does the thought of adding more tech to an already full teaching and/or managing plate make your stomach churn? As full-time teachers who run the educational technology systems and liaise with the director on educational management, we see the future has finally…

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Tracking Teacher Development

by Tim Brombley Three years ago I made a small change to the Professional Development system at IH Bydgoszcz to make it easier to follow up on observation feedback in subsequent observations. The impact it had was, I believe, as positive as I had hoped it would be for our teachers, but it had some…

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The English We Speak

by Emma Cresswell A few years back I remember seeing a quote online about how English likes to take other languages down alleys and steal their vocabulary. I’ve always remembered it and it still makes me chuckle. The actual quote has been attributed to James Nicoll[i], and tongue in cheek though it…

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IH Madrid’s Class Book Competition

by Andy McNeish Why do you want to read about our young learners’ class book competition? That’s a fair question; we don’t normally tell each other about the competitions we run. But ‘The Class Book Competition’ (TCBC) has been a bit more than yet another competition for quite a few reasons and…

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Competition Against the Learning Child

by Olga Cherrington Many activities recommended by teacher’s books or resource books for young learners courses start with an instruction to ‘divide the class into teams’. Most games designed to practise English end with celebrating the winner’s luck, superior knowledge and intellect. Grammar…

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Sharing Ideas on the VYL

by Kylie Malinowska and Cesca Key As I’m sure you are all aware, in 2014 we officially launched our brand new training course, the IH Certificate in Teaching Very Young Learners. “The new course is aimed at qualified and experienced language teachers that are interested in teaching very young…

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Enseigner léger?

by Estelle Hélouin Alors que les principes du “Dogme”, développés par Scott Thornbury et Luke Meddings sont déjà presque de l’histoire ancienne dans le monde anglophone, il semblerait qu’ils soient ignorés des enseignants du FLE : aucune trace, à ma connaissance, sur Internet et, au mieux, les…

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ТЕРМИНОЛОГИЯ СОВРЕМЕННОЙ МЕТОДИКИ ПРЕПОДАВАНИЯ АНГЛИЙСКОГО ЯЗЫКА И ЕЕ ЭКВИВАЛЕНТЫ В РУССКОМ ЯЗЫКЕ

by Andriy Ruzhynskiy В современной коммуникативной методике преподавания английского языка (СКМПАЯ) активно используются термины, которые либо вообще не имеют эквивалентов в русском языке, либо их перевод является не совсем точным. В монографии А.Н Щукина [2] была предпринята попытка перевода многих…

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Spotlight on Uruguay: Changing Paradigms

by Maria Noel Taranto Our educational world is changing, and really fast. It is hence fair and even necessary to ask: Where do we go from here? As an experienced EFL teacher in Uruguay – a small, and, culturally speaking, European-minded South American country – and having taught for many years at…

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Young Learners Column - Five ways to use songs in the YL Classroom

by Kylie Malinowska This issue’s five in a flash is all about songs. And why not? Using songs and chants as a pedagogical tool to teach children language is a natural and logical choice. Singing is a natural and popular medium for both parent and child and by the time children come to us in the…

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Developing Teachers - Is Delta Really Worth it?

by Sandy Millin Delta: the stepping stone to management and teacher training? Delta: a long, hard slog, which breaks your teaching down completely, then builds you back up again taking your teaching to a whole different level? Delta: one of the most fruitful experiences of your life?

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Technology Column - End of Year Lists

by Shaun Wilden * Please note this article was written at the end of 2014. I’m writing this at the time of year when media sources start to compile their ‘best of’ lists. Therefore, inspired by that theme, I bring you the three apps I have enjoyed most this year from an educational standpoint. That…

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30 Things to Enhance Your Teaching - The Text Driven Approach and Collocations

by Lizzie Pinard In the first article of this series, I focused on spoken language and storytelling, which I followed with my treatment of learner autonomy and metacognition in the second. For my third pairing, in this article, I will consider use of the text-driven approach and teaching of…

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The Art of Lesson Planning

by Mike Cattlin. Reviewed by Paul de Nagy, IH Lisbon In the past two weeks of my teacher training work, I’ve been asked several questions by teachers of all levels of experience: DELTA candidate: How do I improve my definition of aims? CELTA candidate: But what is the ‘receptive skills’ procedure?…

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