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The Talking Cure revisited

There’s been some excellent quality criticism of some of the forces at work in language teaching from big business and edtech on the eltjam site recently. This week Scott Thornbury wrote a powerful piece about intersubjectivity, a phenomenon unique to … Continue reading

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7 tips from CommitTED language learners

Here are 7 pieces of advice from some TED translators. ‘Secrets’, they call them. Ha! Most of their ideas are here in this blog. In fact, I wonder if they’ve been stealing. Strangely, no one mentioned teachers or classes. Or … Continue reading

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The Motivation Meter

As teachers we can design classroom activities which we think will tap into our learners’ motivations as individuals and as a group. As coaches, we need to coach our learners in their language lives outside the classroom. We need to … Continue reading

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The SMART Goals Evaluationator

In a talk we gave at IATEFL last week, we unveiled three coaching contraptions to help teachers encourage successful learners, not just successful classes. You can see an interview about the talk we gave here. The tools illustrate aspects of … Continue reading

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Successful learners, not just successful lessons

From English Teacher to Learner Coach is NOW OUT! Followers of the blog may be interested to know that we have been busy developing and expanding the ideas, lessons and activities promoted in the blog over the last few months. … Continue reading

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Even Younger Learners and Coaching

A few weeks ago, we had Clare Sheppard guest blog about her brilliant adaptation of a coaching activity for a teens class. We are blessed with guest bloggers, and this time Hooman Sattari shows us how he pitched the same … Continue reading

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Teens and coaching

Some commentators on the blog have asked why there is so little attention paid to younger learners and teens classes. I’d like to state clearly that this in no way reflects a notion that coaching is for adults. Quite the … Continue reading

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