There once was a teacherWhose principal featureWas hidden in quite an odd way.Students by millions,Or possibly zillionsSurrounded her all of the day. Adapted from: Mager, Robert (1984); “The teacher”(?)
In favour of pragmatism in methodologyAn approach or a predetermined method,with its associated activities, principles,and techniques, maybe an essentialstarting point for an inexperienced teacher,but it should be seen only as that. Richards, Jack (2001:250-1); Approaches and Methods in Language Teaching
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INFORMATION RESEARCH: DirectionsOne of your English-speaking keypals has justarrived in BA. He’s staying at a hotel located at thecorner of Hipólito Irigoyen and Bolivar streets. NextMonday, he’d like to meet you as you leave school.Find directions from Google maps for him to walkfrom his hotel to our school.Write an email giving him directions so he can meetyou at the school door. Don’t forget to tell him atwhat time you’ll be there! Inspired by: http://iteslj.org/th/1/sg-begin.html
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Some tipsThink big, start little.Get ready to teach computer/Internet skills aswell as language (or better, appoint computerwhizzes in your class as mentors).Keep a “parallel” system in case technology“just fails”, as well as for students who cannothave access to ICT, or just do not feelcomfortable using them. Allot time for the “learning process”… thestudents’ and your own!Experiment, try, ask… and re-experiment, askagain, re-try!
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There once was a teacherWhose principal featureWas hidden in quite an odd way.Students by millionsOr possibly zillionsSurrounded him all of the day.When finally seenBy his scholarly deanAnd asked how he managed the deed,He lifted three fingersAnd said, "All you swingersNeed only to follow my lead.""To rise from a zeroTo Big Campus Hero,To answer these questions you Il strive:Where am I going,How shall I get there, andHow will I know Ive arrived?" Mager, Robert (1984); “The teacher”(?)