May 2006 - issue 5/06
DEVELOPING TEACHERS.COM NEWSLETTER
Welcome to the May Newsletter.
This month we are joined by Gerald Kelly who discusses the value
of the DELTA qualification & EAP teaching. For those unfamiliar
with the DELTA, it is a practical teaching qualification for
experienced teachers run by UCLES at Cambridge ESOL -
http://www.cambridgeesol.org/teaching/delta.htm There are centres
worldwide & courses are run part-time, full-time (usually 8 weeks), & distance. If you are thinking of making a career in
English language teaching then this is the way to go. The BLC in
Madrid offers full & part-time courses all year round - see the
Also this month, Michael Berman offers another storytelling
article titled Journeying, Storytelling & Spiritual Intelligence.
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4. DAYS OF THE MONTH
5. BOOK REVIEW
6. WEEKLY TEACHING TIPS
7. PS - Internet/computer-related links
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We use Moodle, an excellent course management system, each course
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Can the DELTA help you to teach EAP? by Gerald Kelly
(Please note, this article draws heavily on the DELTA syllabus
document available from
http://www.cambridgeesol.org/teaching/delta0104.pdf . I resisted
the temptation to put huge chunks of text from that document in
this paper, but you are advised to refer to the syllabus while
reading this article, as many references are made to specific
parts of it). The Cambridge ESOL DELTA is perhaps the most
widely-known diploma-level in-service training course for
experienced teachers, alongside the Trinity Licentiate Diploma.
Its development has led to a course which, most ELT teacher
educators would agree, provides sound training, along with
opportunities for reflection and development. Recent years have
seen a huge increase in the availability of MA TESOL/Applied
Linguistics programmes (or similar titles), the majority of which
do not have a teaching practice component. The global and
evolving nature of ELT, together with the variety of modes of
provision (e.g. private language schools, state colleges and
universities) has led to a situation wherein nobody can say with
any accuracy which course is going to help teachers advance their
careers or gain more stable working conditions, given the
enormous variety of possible teaching contexts.
Many teachers are tempted to take the "MA route" because it has
more kudos than a diploma, and because, if it does not include a
teaching practice element, it may be seen as easier to pass, or
perhaps one takes less of a professional and financial risk in
choosing this path. However, many employers still insist on
teachers having the DELTA (or equivalent) and certain
accreditation schemes still look for a percentage of teachers who
are so qualified.
Within the field of EAP there can often be added resistance to
the DELTA from teachers who have reached the stage where such a
course would be appropriate for their career development. There
can also be resistance from their more experienced, and
occasionally DELTA-qualified colleagues. Such resistance usually
centres round the relevance of what is perceived to be an EFL
training course to an EAP teaching situation. It has been argued
that the provision of university and college-based EAP requires
teachers who are accomplished in this specific area of ELT, and
that the DELTA casts its net too wide for the development needs
of these teachers. In the writer's experience, however, many who
level such criticisms at the course do so without reference to
the syllabus, and often have an outdated or otherwise misinformed
conception of what the course entails. Common beliefs include the
idea that the course requires one to teach in a certain manner,
or that communicative teaching techniques cannot meaningfully
inform EAP teaching.
However, if we examine different units of the course, we can see
that it does not preclude EAP teaching, and in fact can work with
many different situations, encouraging, as it does, teachers to
investigate their own circumstances in some depth.
To view the article
Journeying, Storytelling & Spiritual Intelligence by Michael
Before dealing with what has been called the third form of
intelligence, it might be helpful to say a few words about the
other two forms - IQ and EQ. IQ Tests were developed by Binet
early in the 20th century and were frequently used to assess the
potential of children in schools until quite recently. Tests of
this type, however, have now fallen into disrepute. All they test
is linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence and this
traditional definition of intelligence is now regarded as too
narrow. The educational psychologist most responsible for this
change of attitude is Howard Gardner, the creator of the Multiple
Gardner's work at the Boston University School of Medicine lead
to the identification of eight criteria for the existence of
intelligence types: potential isolation by brain damage, the
existence of prodigies such as autistic savants, an identifiable
set of core operations, a distinctive developmental history along
with a definable set of expert end-state performances, an
evolutionary history, support from experimental psychological
tasks, support from psychometric findings, and susceptibility to
an encoding symbol system. (see Gardner, 1983, for further
Gardner originally identified seven intelligence types which
satisfy the above criteria and our intelligence profiles consist
of combinations of the different types: linguistic, logical-
mathematical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal
- the way we relate to others, and intrapersonal - our ability to
The term Emotional Intelligence, popularised by Daniel Goleman
(1996), covers what Gardner refers to as interpersonal plus
intrapersonal intelligence, sub-divided into five domains -
knowing your emotions, managing your emotions, motivating
yourself, recognizing emotions in others, and handling
Gardner refers to intelligences as potentials that will or will
not be activated, depending upon the values of a particular
culture, the opportunities available in that culture, and the
personal decisions made by individuals, their families,
schoolteachers, and others. A student who believes that
intelligence can be developed is likely to be persistent and
adventurous. However, a learner who thinks that ability is fixed,
is more likely to get upset when faced with failure as it can
only be construed as evidence of inadequate ability. The fluid "theory" of intelligence advocated by Gardner encourages students
to stretch themselves.
In his book "Intelligence Reframed" Gardner adds Naturalist
Intelligence, our talent for classifying and categorising, to the
original Magnificent Seven. He also speculates on the possibility
of their being both a spiritual intelligence and an existential
intelligence but comes to no definite conclusions. Danah Zohar,
however, makes out a convincing case for their being a Spiritual
Intelligence in "Spiritual Intelligence The Ultimate
Intelligence" (2000) and the way in which this can be activated
in the classroom will be the subject of this article.
Does the fact that we each have a unique profile mean that we
should plan individual lessons for everyone in the class to take
this into account? Clearly this would be impractical and the
solution lies in including material designed to appeal to each of
the types in every lesson we give. The table presented below
lists classroom activities that cater for the different
Intelligence types. However, this classification is clearly
subjective and dependent on individual teaching styles. Moreover,
it should also be pointed out that a number of the activities
cater for more than one Intelligence type and could consequently
be placed in more than one category.
To view the rest of the article
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Thanks to Gerald & Michael
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A couple of recent posts:
Rwillmsen would like to know:
Some time ago I came across a reference to particular phrasal
verbs such as cut down, finish off, wrap up, etc, verbs that
involve a sense of finality and closure. There was a grammatical
term for these kinds of verbs which I think mentioned that it is
some sort of 'voice', but I have no idea which. Can anyone help?
We are looking to replace our young learners' coursebooks (Sail
Away 1&2 - Express Publishing). Do any of you know Chatterbox
(OUP) or Quest or Magic Time (Longman)? Do they include games,
songs, crafts, drama? We don't have them on the shelf and I'm not
sure which sample copies to request from the publishers. Thanks
for any info you can provide.
Costadina23 lets us know:
The GISIG discussion list of IATEFL will hold a fielded
discussion between May 15-19, 2006. The topic will be "Why global
issues should be taught in EFL." The guest speaker will be
Ricardo Sanpedro. He has written a global issue coursebook, and a
project on teaching global issues. Anyone who is interested in
following the discussion is free to join. This can either be done
through our website at http://www.iatefl-gisig.org or by
contacting me at email@example.com.
Aziz Mostafa lets us know:
There is no word game like Crosswords. But... Is it possible to
solve a crossword by having the Across Clues Only? .. Will the
Down Clues Alone Help? . ... Possible or not? ...Yes, Possible to
do Only One kind of crosswords with Either Clues! Flower
Crosswords! That's right: These Flowers are designed to Sharpen
vocabulary, spelling and other skills for all students at all
levels. Go explore and Collect Flowers right off
TESall.com lets us know:
Where do you want to teach today? TESall.com's new International
Job Resource Centre is now online. Search for jobs, exchange
lesson plans, discuss industry news and network with other
teachers while still taking advantage of TESall.com's other great
features including our job search engine and BlogLog.
pjtyle lets us know:
Pleiades Journal of Teaching Young Learners of English. Welcome
to Pleiades Journal of TYLE, an online academic Journal devoted
to Teaching English to Children and Teenagers. This journal is
committed to focus upon young learners of English as a group
similar to, yet distinct from, the general ESL population. That's
why our Journal stresses not only those articles that maintain
such a critical focus upon actual research on these target groups
but also seeks to place such research in an actual framework for
teaching and learning.
One of many jobs from karen98:
ETEC (English Teacher's Employment Connection) is recruiting for
teaching vacancies and we currently have opportunities for E1
teachers in the following cities: Suwon, Incheon, Daejon, Busan,
Ulsan, Daegu, Gwangju etc. If you are an enthusiastic and fun
teacher and you would like to work in a professional and friendly
atmosphere, it is an offer for you. Start dates between May~June.
During the year of experiences, we have assisted many schools to
offer high salary, high living standard, health and term
insurance, round-trip, annual vocation, complimentary with
domestic travelling and plus lots more... We know what you need
and we know what the schools need!
A job offer, among a few, from PlanetESL:
We have this and countless other jobs available all year round.
Teachers can let us know EXACTLY what kind of job they are
looking for, including location, preferred student age,
accommodation preference, desired rate of pay, etc, and we will
contact them with jobs matching their criteria.
Lots of different Forums to choose from. Check them out. Post
your jobs, your CV, your questions, finds on the net, ideas,
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courses, your training courses...they are there for you to use.
At Developing Teachers.com we occasionally carry out consultancy
work. The different projects have included tutoring DELTA
candidates by email, offering advice on curriculum design &
materials choice & short training courses in person & by email.
If you would like us to help in any way, please do not hesitate
to get in touch.
3. TEACHING LINKS
'Teachers' TV is a channel for everyone who works in education,
from heads to NQTs, governors to support staff. Programmes take
you inside classrooms and schools across the country to see how
good teachers are bringing the curriculum to life and improving
schools.' Excellent quality videos from UK classrooms.
The site detects if you are from outside the UK & says it is
unlicensed for international streaming but if you persevere you
should be able to see what you want. Register & then you can
download the videos to your computer.
It's always rewarding when you find material that your students
find interesting. And it's even more rewarding if they learn
something useful, apart from the English you teach them, to take
away & use in their daily lives. So imagine a student being able
to save a life through one of your listening activities! I came
across 7 First Aid podcasts issued by the Sussex Ambulance
Service in the UK. The files are in mp3 format & offer
straightforward advice on how to deal with a variety of
emergencies. They are quite dense in content so a deal of pre-listening build up will be necessary. Try them out & you'll
probably learn something as well.
Here's the content of each file:
Burns - Explains the immediate treatment for burns and scalds.
Fits - How to deal with fits (convulsions/seizures) in adults and
Wounds - Immediate actions for wounds, bleeding, and bleeding
associated with fractures.
Unconscious patient who is breathing - How to deal with an
unrousable patient who IS breathing - includes recovery position.
CPR for adults - Adults who have collapsed, unrousable and NOT
CPR for babies - Babies who are unrousable and NOT breathing.
Collapsed patient in detail - Explains the complete scenario
including checks for breathing, circulation, etc.
These files have been prepared by Sussex Ambulance Service and
comply with European Resuscitation Council Guidelines.
If you have visited a site that you think would be beneficial for
all or would like your site to appear here, please get in touch.
4. DAYS OF THE MONTH
A few days to plan your lessons around in May:
1st - May Day - Labour Day
5th - Cinco de Mayo - Mexico
8th - World Red Cross Day
12th - Limerick Day - birthday of Edward Lear
18th - International Museum Day
24th - Victoria Day - Canada
To see the list of Days
Wikipedia's excellent focus on days of the year:
Some holiday origins.
5. BOOK REVIEW
Extensive Reading Activities for Teaching Language (Cambridge
Handbooks for Language Teachers) by Julian Bamford & Richard R.
Day (CUP). An excellent array of activities to start, support,
maintain & exploit this vital activity.
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7. PS - Internet/computer
A few computer use rules of thumb:
- make copies of all-important files
- run scan disk & then defragment the hard drive
- use firewall software
- use a virus scan & update the files every week
- install security patches that software providers offer
- update your DirectX files regularly
- don't open attachments without scanning for viruses first
- don't respond to spam - just delete & forget
- don't send personal or bank information by email
- turn off your computer at night
The general strike in Nepal with the photoblog at Planao.com
'Atrcyclopedia is the guide to great art on the Internet'
Save The Internet! - US site to keep the internet neutral.
Damn interesting stuff!
Numbers 0-69 explained.
Toss the spear.
Yahoo! Widgets - 'Keep the stuff that you love right at your
fingertips. Bring life to your desktop with fun, stylish, and
useful Yahoo! Widgets. To get Widgets on your desktop, you first
need to download the Yahoo! Widget Engine.
Build a rocket launcher.
The joys of computing!
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