Life after TKT

You might be wondering “What will I do now with what I have learned? As you know, TKT is merely the beginning of the path of professional development as a teacher. Now that you know a little more than before, you can open yourself up to the wide range of possibilities. For a beginning, you will be getting a personal email from Ellen when your constancias for the course are ready.

Here is another learning opportunity….and this one is free. This will be the first year I will be participating in EVO of TESOL. I add the invitation letter from my coordinator:

It is my pleasure to announce the Call for Participation for the Electronic Village Online (EVO) 2015. A project of TESOL’s Computer-Assisted Language Learning Interest Section (CALL-IS), the EVO has been offering free, open professional development sessions and  workshops to teachers of English around the globe since 2001. This year, we are pleased to offer 13 fabulous five-week sessions on a variety of topics, including pronunciation, using Moodle, creating electronic textbooks, flipped learning, creating an international writing exchange, making Machinima in Second Life, teaching pronunciation, using the online game Minecraft to teach English, and more.  For a complete listing and abstracts, visit the Call for Participation at To enroll in a session, follow the instructions on the session page.

Please note that registration for the sessions will take place from January 5 – January 11, 2015. The sessions begin on January 12 and continue until February 15. To register for a session, follow the instructions on that session’s page (Session pages are linked to the CfP.). EVO sessions can be time-consuming, so for your own good, we encourage you to sign up for no more than two sessions!

As always, EVO sessions are free (you usually need only a computer with Internet access and a desire to learn) and open to all, whether or not you are a TESOL member. They carry no academic credit, and participants may choose the level of involvement that works for them.

Mark your calendars now for EVO registration, January 5 – 11. And get ready for an unforgettable experience!

Please share this invitation with your colleagues and e-lists, and thank you for helping us to spread the word!

Nina Liakos, EVO Lead Coordinator
On behalf of the EVO Coordination Team

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Hello all TKT candidates, past and present

I would like to share with you a wonderful work opportunity as part of a great teaching and learning community in the Instituto Pedagogico Piaget. If you are interested then get in touch with them. They need someone with experience in PET level for January.

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Preparing for Module 3 Exam

We are almost at the end of our journey and next week you will be taking your final module preparation exam and finishing the TKT preparation course. You have many tools to help you study, including your TKT textbook, the TKT handbook downloadable exam, and the one in your anthology. Your anthology does not come with an answer key, so it is itkt_module3_pp2007 here for your benefit in this post. The test is the same you have in your anthology and the answer key is at the end.

Happy trails and happy studying!

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Endings…and beginnings

We have almost completed our TKT preparation course, and you have seen that there are options for you to continue your professional development (PD). PD should be ongoing, teachers who continue learning and reshaping they way they teach avoid teacher burn out.

One important way to keep on learning is to set new goals. You wrote an essay at the beginning of this TKT class. How much different are your thoughts now after a semester of being exposed to new ideas? How much have you grown? Sometimes it is necessary to see where we came from…and necessary to set new goals so we can keep on going.

Self-learning is where teachers learn the most. What goals are you going to set for yourself? Your last task for your blog is to set new goals for your future. What is next for you? How will you apply what you have learned in class?

Please write your new goals in your blog.

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Would you like to be in your classroom?

As we begin the home stretch in our last module on classroom management, think about what your classroom looks like, or think of how you felt as a student in your last EFL class. What do you most remember and why? Are your most memorable moments positive, or negative? As teachers and soon-to-be teachers, you might ask yourself, “Would you want to be in your class?”

In her blog, Edna analizes classroom rules and regulations. What has been your personal experience? Share her analysis at this post. Do you agree with her?

Now that we are in Module 3, we will delve into classroom management. Have you ever heard a song sung by Billie Holiday called, “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it?” What teachers say and do will affect student learning outcomes more than any other factor in our passive students who are accustomed to traditional classrooms.

1. Read this article as a synopsis of the book Tools for Teaching by Dr. Fred Jones, often coined the King of Classroom Management, on how educators can use body language, calmness and silence to reduce back talking and other attitude interruptions. Remember that discipline management has to happen before academics can be learned.

While you read, think about the word discipline. What is its true definition? Who has or exercises discipline? Why would there be breaches of discipline?
2. Assignment: On your blog you will address these questions as you talk about a time you saw a student back talking in the classroom. What did the teacher do? What did the other students do? What could have happened? Write about your experience and how it could have been avoided on your blog. Read three other people’s stories and comment on their experiences.

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Who is the learner anyway?

Among the uses of a blog is to reflect upon the process of teaching and learning. As we hear the catch words of the day: teacher centered classes, students centered classes, shifting the learning, taking control, and any other catch phrase that has found its way into our teaching vernacular, we might question what is really happening here. Kathy Fagan shares a reflection that we as teachers might all need to think about in our world of changing paradigms. in her blog Free Range ELT.

Read and keep thinking…and learning.

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What my students really think of school

Since in my EFL classes we are studying a unit called “Education” I decided to ask my advanced students what words they associated with their lives as students. I gave them markers, cut papers and asked them to post words they associated with Student Life.
I was flabbergasted by the results. I asked them to classify the words they had posted into positive or negative categories. This is what they came up with:

Positive words:
party, intelligence, learning, party, having friends, conferences, really caring about learning (I love this student), vacation, fun.

Negative words:
responsibilities, books, junk food, projects, hunger, headaches, hard work, exams, more exams, studying, homework, tests, reading, writing, paying attention, studying, more homework, stress, questions, reading and not understanding, homework, no social life, sacrifice, tests, no sleeping.

putting the cards up

the cards on the wall
As I read their cards, my students noticed that I became more and more interested in their point of view. They quickly reassured me that they were referring to their life in general and that their class with me was the first time they had ever been able to express themselves with the truth.

My students have mostly been schooled in traditional settings in which the teachers own the knowledge and “transmit” this to the students in little controlled chunks.

Many traditional teachers (the majority) believe that our students in Mexico are accustomed to the traditional passive receptive learning model and that we should not change. What my students expressed voices just the opposite. I have been making baby steps towards change in classrooms in my area through this teacher training course, but we definitely need to spread the student’s point of view. We are no longer teaching them effectively. It is time to change.

student centered learning

Be active. Stand up. Create a real life context which begs answers.

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MOOCs in the developing world – Pros and cons

Several of the challenges cited by sceptics in raising the international profile of MOOCs – how to prevent cheating and improve completion rates, for example – are identical to those faced by Western educators.


An interesting read to consider MOOCs, modular open online courseware.

With so many cultural considerations in different countries, and the difficulty many of us have to get online, MOOCs are something to think about. Unfortunately, professional development with a MOOC is not taken into consideration by my university tenuring system…something to think about……..

See on Scoop.itI can do this, even with technology.

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Annual Plans

What should an annual plan demonstrate?

An annual plan should share what the students learn through the evidence of learning outcomes, functions and competencies (as noted by the functions and competencies, and what the teacher will do. The accompanying plan covers two months.

Since very few candidates completed an annual plan that shows your competency in planning, please practice with this BIMONTHLY PLAN. It is a SEP-approved format and is currently in use in one of the largest secondary schools in the city.

Download and print the two-page plan and do the following:

1. Combining the competencies and learning evidences, write your ideas for three alternative assessments during this time period which could be used for evaluation, right on the pages themselves.

2. Add three more functions related to the ALTE can-do statements that relate to this level of language learner and to the material that is being covered.

We will compare your ideas in class first thing.


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TKT exams: aviso de extensión de pago

En un circular pegado a los corchos en el Departamento de Idiomas, el mensaje es así:

Aun puedes inscribir hasta el martes, 25 de noviembre para presentar los exámenes TKT, FCE y CAE, de CAMBRIDGE en enero!

Pasa a coordinación del área de inglés por su ficha o bájala de este sitio. Cualquier pregunta dirígese con la coordiinación de inglés en idiomas.





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