English Teaching professional blog from Chiara Bruzzano
Teaching in difficult times: what to do when reality bursts through the door
Silver linings: the role of language teaching during lockdown
Online teaching has suddenly become the standard for many teachers around the world, and with it, feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. In this post, Chiara Bruzzano tells the story of how, in the midst of feeling inadequate, she understood that her knowledge and skills as a language teacher actually put her in the ideal position to help others (and herself)… much more than she realised.
To caption or not to caption? Using videos with subtitles for language learning
Is a PhD going to make you a better teacher?
Unexpected twists and turns: giving spontaneous interaction a try
What do you do when your carefully planned class gets interrupted by students taking the conversation in new and different directions? Chiara Bruzzano reflects on the benefits and drawbacks of relinquishing some control and deviating from the lesson plan to allow for spontaneous student interaction in the classroom.
Paraphrasing strategies: turning failure into development
You plan a lesson well, you’ve already done similar things before, you feel confident. You go into the classroom and it doesn’t work at all. Does this sound familiar? Sometimes, no matter how well we plan (and how many good questions we ask ourselves questions before setting up an activity), we can’t seem to produce the results we expect. Chiara was teaching an IELTS class recently when this happened, but despite the frustration, it turned out to be a great opportunity for development. Read her blog post to find out what happened.