Adrian at SIT clip

The Jazz of Teaching and Learning

Spontaneity, improvising and demanding high. Adrian at SIT clip

How do they correlate? When we improvise and move away from the plan, are we still helping our students achieve their language goals?

Many of us think we do, but, are we challenging them to their full potential?

These are some of the questions Adrian Underhill is going to address at the IATEFL Webinar on September 14.

 “When teaching we probably start out with a plan developed before the lesson. As the lesson unfolds the predictable occurs and we depart from the plan, and the class becomes a living interaction rather than the enactment of a script.  The same happens when jazz improvisers depart from the sheet music. Such improvisation makes up the bulk of most lessons yet remains ‘invisible’.  I therefore refer to it as the dark matter of teaching. This dark matter of teaching is not properly represented in the plan, course book, material, training or supervision, and thus neither critiqued nor developed. In this webinar I will explore this theme and offer suggestions for making this dark matter of teaching visible, discussible, and improvable.”

Andi White and Kristen Donaghy interviewed Adrian Underhill at the 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference.

In this interview he talks about spontaneity in the classroom.

Demand High is an idea Adrian Underhill and Jim Scrivener came up with, as a result of about two years of conversations trying to review what they had learned about language teaching throughout their careers.

You can learn more about this on their blog here  and by watching Jim Scrivener’s interview at the 47th Annual International IATEFL Conference.

Adrian Underhill talks about Demand High

Ready to join the webinar now?

Go to http://iatefl.adobeconnect.com/adrianunderhill/

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When? 14 September 2013, 3pm BST – You can check your local time here

See you online!

How To Speak Like A Native

reblogged from TIME Ideas

The surprising truth about learning a foreign language:  accent isn’t the most important thing

Can an adult learn to speak a second language with the accent of a native? Not  likely, but new research suggests that we would make better progress, and be  understood more easily by our conversational partners, if we abandoned a perfect  accent as our goal in the language learning process.

Read more: http://ideas.time.com/2012/04/04/how-to-speak-like-a-native/#reblog#ixzz1rCIled00

Pronunciation Matters – Robin Walker

Reblogged from Oxford University Press – English Language Teaching Global Blog @OUPELTGlobal:

via Pronunciation Matters – Part 1.

Pronunciation could be a tricky area for both students and teachers, but it is a vital skill for students if they wish to be understood in the real world. Pronunciation expert, Robin Walker, author of Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca, gives his views on teaching pronunciation.

Q: How has the attitude to teaching pronunciation changed recently (if at all)?

RW: I don’t really know, but if I think about pronunciation at teacher’s conferences, I have to conclude…

via Pronunciation Matters – Part 2

Continuing from last week’s post about teaching pronunciation,Robin Walker, author of Teaching the Pronunciation of English as a Lingua Franca, talks to us about the challenges of teaching and learning pronunciation.

Q: What are the challenges for teachers when teaching pronunciation?

RW: The main challenge is the need to gain and maintain an adequate level of pronunciation knowledge and competence in each of three areas:…