Welcome to the TKT Course

You made it! You are about to embark on a journey that will help you be not just a well-prepared teacher to take the TKT exams, but also a great teacher with lots of tricks, tools and toys up his or her sleeve.

Welcome to the TKT Preparation Course I am very excited about starting a fresh semester with you.

TKT is a course and test about teaching English to speakers of other languages. In this course, you will not only be learning strategies to help you pass the test but you will also discover strategies, techniques and methods to improve your teaching.
You might end up shaking your foundations and at the very least, breaking your own traditions to let some new ones in.

Subscribe to the blog for any new posts or pages. In order to grow with this course you must participate in the post forums in an active and substantial manner. Please read the page Blogging Guidelines, located in a tab at the top of this page for details on how to post.

Substantial= 75 words initial post with minimum amount of grammar and spelling mistakes. 25 words minimum to reply to someone. Posting,”Good job!” will not make it here.

Special Requirements:
80% attendance to class session (presencial)
100% self-discovery work, essays, posts, and assignments, online or offline….you must embark on your learning journey
80% GPA on the three exams

As part of the class you will create your own blog which you will use in this class as your interconnected b-portfolio. Two blog spaces are recommended: WordPress.com or Edublogs.org with my preference being Wrodpress. Both sites will walk you through the set up process. Set up your blog before class starts; you may use the link on the right of this page entitled Teacher Challenge; this is a step-by-step procedural to help you set up your blog.

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The Grammar Thing

Just how much grammar should a person know in order to teach English? Perhaps for beginning classes, not much; however, knowing the grammatical structure of the language you teach might help you even with beginners.

What do you think? How much should you know? How important is grammar in ELT?

Check out Carmeyrose’s youtube videos http://www.youtube.com/user/carmeyrose) :

                                            

 

Here is a PPT you can look at to review the nine parts of speech. U1 Grammar parts of speech. Also, please visit under TKT support, Your Teacher Trainer for great grammar practice.

Answer the above question in a comment on this post. Search the Internet for other fun’ ways to learn grammar and include your suggestion and your findings in a post you write on your own blog.

Your comment will not appear right away. First I have to approve each one. Please only post one time. I will see it even if you don’t see your comment right away.

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Great Tool: Movie Segments for Grammar Goals

Ever get caught in the “explanation” game, where the teacher-centered explanation, the worksheets you supply, and the extra practice you give on drill exercises all together don’t seem to help all your students get the grammar point?

Sometimes you just have to use material outside the coursebook.
Teachers around the world who blog share ideas about waking up your classes. Eva in Turkey’s suggests maintaining and adding information on a excel page that she started: songs to teach grammar. Check it out; it contains more than Beatles songs and you can get many ideas for using songs int he classroom.

If you like movies and would like to use those in your home collection, Claudio in Brazil has collected a mountain of information and linked movie scenes from present and past films to grammar points with great lesson ideas to help your teaching become student-centered.

Try it…it is more interesting than teacher explanations of grammar! Movie Segments to Assess Grammar.

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New Opportunity for English teachers: Aula Compartida!

If you are giving private classes and need a professional-looking space with all the accoutrements of a classroom (bank of computers, whiteboard, markers, desks, good lighting an great location, then Centro Eva  is offering to share its space with you.
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Just leave a comment on this post and we will return your inquiry about how it works.

Many hours are open to your use during the day, so

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Make your classes count.

 

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Welcome: sign up and personalize your blog

Hello TKT Candidates.

Your anthology will be in Master Copy, located on Avenida Universidad and Dinamarca, at the entrance to the parking lot. Make sure you have a copy of the anthology for the first day of class.

The TKT books will be on sale at the Language Department the first day of class.
If you have any questions, send me an email or a Whatsapp and I can help you out.

I am looking forward to working with you.

As you settle into your blogs and collect your materials for class, I’d like to ask you to go farther than you imagined. Take your blog to the next level.
Those of you who have personalized your welcome post and eliminated the preset comment are on their way. The next step is to tell a little about yourself on the preset page.

On WordPress blogs this is a tag at the top named About. On Edublogs this is also a tag at the top. Since one of the first tasks we will do with the blog will be using the About sections, this step is important.
Those adventurers who would like to optimize your blogs can continue following the steps in the Teacher Challenge instructions. The more you do now the better set you will be for class. Learn how to upload photos, videos, and link to articles. Learn how to develop your learning community through your blog roll. Look at other people’s blogs and get to know them.

I know that for some this is a steep learning curve. It will be worth it in the end as we flatten our classroom walls and learn different ways to teach.
Most importantly, don’t stress out and have fun!
Ellen

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