English Teaching professional blog from Chia Suan Chong
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.
Tidying my ELT mess with the KonMari Method™
Give yourself a pat on the back
As we approach the beginning of a new year, our personal stock-take of the previous year can sometimes be full of regrets, doubts and self-criticism. Chia Suan Chong, our ETp blogger, offers us eight important questions we can ask ourselves to help us give ourselves credit for the things we’ve done, no matter how small they may seem.
Impostor syndrome in teaching and how to deal with it
What is impostor syndrome and why do many teachers suffer from it? As teachers, we are sometimes expected to be experts in so many areas that it is easy to feel like frauds. But sometimes, severe feelings of inadequacy can impact negatively on our careers and our lives. Chia Suan Chong, our ETp blogger, explores how we can start dealing with it.
Language switch; personality shift?
Who are we when we speak a foreign language? Is proficiency measured by how successfully we can transfer our personalities from our first language? How might the different cultural conventions change the way we present ourselves when speaking in the foreign language? Chia Suan Chong, our ETp resident blogger, considers these questions in her latest blogpost.
Relationship building across cultures
The way we build relationships with some might mean the relationship goes awry, or even ends up catastrophic in others. How can we help our learners interact in English successfully and build solid relationships with the different people that they will meet? Our resident ETp blogger, Chia Suan Chong, explores the different issues that we should be discussing with our students.
Ten books for CELTA trainees and new teachers
Chia Suan Chong looks at the type of books that are most recommended for newly qualified teachers and those embarking on a teacher training course. Of course, this core set of books can be complemented by other supplementary titles that course providers might recommend to enrich the teacher training experience and which are pertinent to the teaching context.