O'Connell Advanced Training Solutions

flexibles und individuelles Englischtraining in Sachsen

On Training, Acting and Character

Maybe you're undergoing TESOL training, or maybe you've completed your Cert and are about to start teaching, yet you have this niggling feeling - "I know the theory, but how do I put it into practice?  How on earth do I start?"Training is, essentially, acting.  

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Getting Grammar Out Of The Boring Basket

I don't know about you, but when I went through school we never explicitly learned English grammar.  English was, simply, English.  Which of course meant that learning German in Year 8 was a complete switch-off as soon as Mrs Young mentioned past participles and articles.  Huh??This is the same Mrs Young who allowed me to write a Year 10 German assignment on the Australian band 1927... because the lead singer, Eric Wiederman, had a German name... anyway....Trust me - teaching (and learning) grammar doesn't have to be boring.I can see by the slight glazing over of your eyes that I'm going to have to work hard to convince you.... alrighty then...

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How to say goodbye?

I lost a friend on MH17. Her name was Fatima Dyczynski. And she was awesome.

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So, you think you can teach?

So you’ve got your TESOL certificate and think you can train? Think again.I’ve given it a lot of thought over the years, having worked with numerous organisations, and it astounds me the assumption that simply by being a native English speaker one has the innate ability to teach that language. Or simply by having a TESOL qualification (of one brand or another ) one can provide lessons imbued with wonder and inspiration, or simply lessons which are just plain targeted to the learner and competently delivered.

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Conscious Competence and competency-based training

Conscious Competence... okay, your eyes are glazing over, right? You want to get back to lesson planning, just get on with things, right?Stop! If you get your head around this I promise you’ll find your lessons taking flight. Promise.So let me give the background to you in a nutshell...

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Adult Learning Principles and competency-based training

Adults, as we all know, are a special subset of learners who bring a wealth of experience, motivation, cognitive connections and a pragmatic approach to learning. That’s what makes training adults simultaneously rewarding and challenging - you’ve got to be prepared for the lesson to take swift turns and leaps or putter to a standstill at certain moments. You’ve got to be able to think on your feet, because when training adults you’re not the captain of the ship - your learners are. You’re the navigator.

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