Exploiting video for authentic English — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

So far in this series of articles on using video in the classroom, I’ve focussed on ways to plan a video lesson and how to make the activities more collaborative. In this post, I’d like to look at the impact authentic video can have on a lesson when we teach real English from it. One… via Exploiting video for authentic English — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

Vox Pops Videos — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

The term ‘Vox Pops’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘voice of the people’ but in modern day English we use it to refer to videos made from short clips of everyday people being interviewed. It’s one of my favorite type of videos to include with course books because I like using them in my own… via Vox Pops Videos — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

Critical Thinking in ELT — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

After years of talking and writing about critical thinking (CT) and of reading and listening to others do the same, my colleague John Hughes and I decided that we should codify our thoughts on the subject. What came out of it two years later was Critical Thinking in ELT: a practical model for the classroom from National… via Critical Thinking in ELT — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

7 steps Towards Creative Thinking in the ELT Classroom — National Geographic Learning: In Focus

Creativity and creative thinking are generally viewed as positive elements in a classroom. When students are being creative, we assume they are having fun, they are motivated and they are using language in a way which will be memorable to them. Similarly, when we describe a colleague as ‘creative’, it’s assumed we are being positive… via 7 steps Towards Creative Thinking in the ELT Classroom — National Geographic Learning: In Focus