English Teaching professional blogposts from Chia Suan Chong
Ten things to do in class after the holidays
Are you stuck for ideas of how to break the ice and motivate your students on the first day of term? Do you need a handy set of activities that can be carried out with minimum preparation and will help students get to know each other and their teacher better as they work together this term? Chia Suan Chong helps you get back into the swing of things on your return from the holidays.
Ten smartphone apps you know well and could use in class
Ten ways to consider different perspectives
How can we help students see things from a different point of view? How can we help them become aware of their own assumptions and their own beliefs of the world? Chia Suan Chong outlines ten activities we could use to develop empathy and encourage students to walk a mile in a different pair of shoes.
Pavilion ELT Live! 2019
The first Pavilion ELT Live! conference took place a week ago in London, following on from the ETp Live! events of previous years. Instead of more traditional opening and closing plenaries, delegates were empowered through interactive sessions like the Solution Room and participated in some lively discussions. Chia Suan Chong reviews her experience of the conference.
And the ELTon goes to…Winners of the ELTons 2019
Ten challenges for your next conference
How can we get the most out of the conferences we go to? How can we ensure that we’re learning as much as we can while caring and sharing with our fellow professionals? Here is a ten-challenge checklist that will help the conference goer focus on their continuing professional development … and beyond.
Fact or Myth? Five questions to think about in ELT
How to be a freelancer
Following her recent IATEFL how-to talk on being a freelancer, Chia Suan Chong looks at the different aspects of freelancing as a teacher and asks some provocative questions about what we want and hope to achieve. She then uses the 7 Ps of marketing as a guide to help freelancer teachers think about their business plan.
What does inclusion mean to me?
Three themes of my IATEFL 2019 conference experience
The IATEFL conference is a gathering of ELT professionals: teachers, trainers, education managers, school owners, writers, and publishers. Coming together to discuss the current trends and issues in our industry, the IATEFL conference is also a chance to talk to like-minded individuals about our passion and the challenges we face. Chia Suan Chong looks at the three themes that stood out for her at this year’s IATEFL Liverpool conference.
Work your students into your lessons!
How can we adapt our lessons to our students’ needs and interests? How can we personalise our materials to better motivate our learners? Chia Suan Chong considers the importance of rising above one-size-fits-all lessons and suggests five simple ways of tailoring our courses so that they are more relevant to the people we teach.
Ten task types to improve teamwork skills
How can we make the most out of group work in the classroom and provide our learners with the opportunities to improve their team-working skills? How can the tasks we set improve the way they collaborate? Chia Suan Chong looks at ten different task types that will help get the best out of group work.
The universality of ‘pastries’ – why we sometimes fail to understand each other
A confusing conversation in her local petrol station one day led Chia Suan Chong to explore the factors that can cause misunderstanding, from possible expectations of her non-native appearance to the regional variations of language use. She soon realised that sometimes having the right words still isn’t enough.
Ten tips for listening to our students
Some say that our classrooms should feature 70% of student talking time and only 30% of teacher talking time. But how can we get students talking for the majority of their time in the classroom if we don’t know how to listen? Chia Suan Chong, our ETp blogger, explores how listening to students can encourage them to communicate and offer ten tips to help teachers become better listeners.
Going beyond Accuracy vs Fluency
Much of what we do in the language classroom is categorised as a focus on accuracy or a focus on fluency. We should either be correcting our students’ grammar usage, or helping them get rid of those gaps in between utterances. But is the development of communicative competence and the work on communication skills also part of a focus on fluency? Or are they different things? Chia Suan Chong explores.