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(17 of 50) MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING (CLT) & TAIWAN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

  Do you think this person will agree with me? Probably not. A Conversation with Someone who Disagrees (ii) Let us continue our imaginary conversation with that person who strongly disagrees with everything I have said. They are like the picture above, and they certainly don’t look happy, right? I will list their comments, and give my answers, and let’s move on to comment No.2 & 3. …

Another Two IELTS Classes Finish // It all starts again this coming Monday & Tuesday

Hi everyone. Yes, as the subject line states, AIS Term 1 is now officially over with the finish of the three weekday IELTS classes. Here are photos of two of them: the afternoon IELTS Writing & Listening, and the IELTS Reading & Speaking Course. There’s a few students missing from both of them [the media shy types, right?]. It was great teaching you all, and putting you on the path to IELTS success. Good luck in the future.   …

Last Class of the Saturday Course // Pizza time!

  Well, the Saturday IELTS Course finished last Saturday, and it was pizza for lunch! And below you can see me giving Brad my appreciation. Ha ha. By the way, do you like my beard? My wife says it makes my nose smaller – (and that’s supposed to make me feel better). Hmmmmm. Well, while the weather is cold, I can put up with a beard, but when the weather gets hot, it gets hard to tolerate. In the meantime, I can be the ‘seasoned and professorial type’. …

Another IELTS Sunday Intensive Course Ends // The next one starts next Sunday 28th (January)!

Well, another Sunday IELTS Intensive Course has just finished today. Wow, three months (every Sunday for 12 weeks) means I really get to know these people in the picture below, and really get to help them with the IELTS Test. Well, the next Intensive Sunday IELTS course is scheduled for next Sunday, February 28th January. Get in quick if you want a place, and I look forward to seeing you there, and helping you succeed in the IELTS test. …

13 of 45   MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING (CLT) & TAIWAN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT: A personal story

A Personal Story Maybe a personal story can make these five principles of CLT become clearer. This incident really opened my eyes and set me free (hence the picture).   This story is short and simple, and goes back to 1993, when I was doing my Cambridge TEFL Certificate Course, known as the CELTA. I had already taught for a year in Caracas, Venezuela, but there I had used a ‘grammar-translation’ method, and it somehow seemed wrong. I realised this in the first 10 minutes of the first class of my CELTA course. …

12 of 40   MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING (CLT) & TAIWAN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT

  One Important Point // CLT is a highly specialised and difficult skill   It is very important to realise that becoming conversant and skilled in CLT methodology takes years and years of dedicated effort. Just because of teacher studied CLT does not mean he or she will be good. There can be lazy teachers, corrupt teachers, and teachers with bad attitudes. To do it well, every lesson takes preparation, effort, and careful thinking. Following the CLT principles needs constant attention to detail, self-discipline, and self-control. Teachers need to constantly strive to get better, and it takes work if everything is going to fit together like the above picture! …

11 of 40   MODERN LANGUAGE TEACHING (CLT) & TAIWAN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IT: The Principles of Modern English Language Teaching (vi): Conclusion

It’s time to unlock your eyes and really see the reality. The Principles of Modern English Language Teaching (vi): Conclusion   The most modern methodology of teaching English is loosely known as Communicative English Teaching, which is usually just called ‘CLT’. In the previous five posts, I explained its five central principles. So, what do you think? …

Term 9 coming to an end // It all starts next Monday, with Term 1, 2018 !!!!

Hi everyone Well, Term 9 2017 is coming to an end (although it is, technically, 2018 already). The IELTS Reading & Speaking Course finished tonight [See picture], and tomorrow (Friday), the two IELTS Writing & Listening Courses will finish. Here’s a picture from tonight’s class. It was great teaching them all. Contact AIS if you are interesting in having the most qualified, most experienced, and best IELTS teacher around. Hopefully I’ll see you in the next courses starting this Monday. Remember, there’s the … IELTS Reading & Speaking Course (night), IELTS Writing & Listening Courses (afternoon & night).   …