English Teaching professional blog from Michelle Ocriciano
Social justice in ELT
The Native teacher and advertising
As we go back to the new normal, schools are starting to think about ways to increase their number of students. An unfortunate and unethical way of doing it is by advertising their "Native English teachers”. Read on and find out a better way to advertise courses with product differentiation and design thinking.
Procrastination, laziness and trauma-informed teaching
As remote teaching becomes the new norm, we may be shifting our attention from how to use technology to teach online to what we are teaching and how students are responding to it. Not following deadlines or completing tasks can be closely related to the collective trauma the world is facing right now.
Translanguaging: L1 in L2? Yes, we can!
As we adapt to the ‘new normal’ in the Covid-19 virtual world and beyond, issues related to the use of L1 have emerged with some teachers feeling uncomfortable as learners slip into L1 in breakout rooms when using Zoom or similar tools. But Michelle’s motto is ‘Let it go!’ Read her blog to find out why.
How to tackle anxiety in tough times
F for Feedback and E for Empathy
But teacher, English here is different, right?
Hey! How are you? Teacher wellbeing in the New Year
Language teaching is a particularly demanding subject and can drain teachers emotionally. Teachers are often concerned about students’ wellbeing, but tend to neglect their own. After the holidays in December, January is often seen as a good time to reflect, make some New Year’s resolutions and map out the year ahead or new term. So, if one of your resolutions is to take better care of yourself (or should be!), read Michelle Ocriciano’s straightforward tips on how to improve teachers’ wellbeing.
Shedding light on the mystery of how students learn
When Michelle Ocriciano (one of our new bloggers for English Teaching Professional) started teaching, she had a 5-year degree in Linguistics and teaching, and thought she could conquer the world. She felt that she basically knew two things very well: 1) language teaching is social and 2) knowledge of how language works is essential. But the fact is that she still had many questions, and the more she taught, the more those questions bothered her. Read on to find out what Michelle discovered about the way students really learn.