YouTube Dictation

The only way is up

This blog has been a bit sparse recently, but that’s been down to getting to grips with a new job. The upside of this is that I am having to experiment with a few new techniques, which I can then share here.  I am now teaching functional skills, building up the writing skills of students enrolled on Further Education courses. One of the skills that learners find really tricky is summarising – Copy and paste is just too easy, and too tempting. This post shows a technique that I have used to try and break the CTRL-C, CTRL-V dependency. Continue reading “YouTube Dictation”

Using Streetview

A lot has been written about the implications for Google Street View in terms of privacy; I don’t think that there’s much to be added to that discussion, and the implications are probably still not clear. For what it’s worth, I think I found myself in this picture: Continue reading “Using Streetview”

Entry level materials

There are many debates about the differences between EFL and ESOL/ESL (Most are detailed in this report whether you agree with it or not, it’s worth a read – maybe even a blogpost sometime…). Having taught both, I think some of these distinctions are overstated, but there are considerations which must be borne in mind. Continue reading “Entry level materials”