In the first article we discussed what gamification is and why it can help English teachers to motivate millennial teens to work hard at English lessons.

We started our introduction of gamification with the basics — PBL, which stand for points, badges and leaderboard. In the first article we talked in detail why points are better than school marks and how to build a leaderboard which will motivate not only the top students, but also those at the bottom. And we said a few words about narrative which should be added to any PBL framework to give epic meaning to the lessons and not to turn gamification into a meaningless points accumulation.

В своей статье два учителя-практика делятся опытом подготовки и проведения бинарного урока. В качестве примера взят урок в 6 классе по теме «Стоит ли бояться привидений, или Урок доброты» по рассказу О.Уальда «Кентервильское привидение». На уроке отчетливо прослеживается интеграция литературы, английского языка, мировой художественной культуры, страноведения.

Teaching a Class With Big Ability Differences

Techniques for meeting the needs of students with diverse abilities and interests.

Practical Extensive Reading: Tips and Resources

by International Teacher Development Institute


Practical Extensive Reading
Ed. Kate Cory-Wright
Multiple authors

Fostering a love of reading in our students is a goal that many language teachers share. We know the lifelong benefits of loving books, especially as many of us learned English - or another language – through reading. The challenge is: how to help our students become lifelong readers?

During the month of March 2017 a group of EFL/ESL teachers participated in a one-month online course on Extensive Reading (ER). The course was delivered by Kate Cory-Wright and hosted by the International Teacher Development Institute (iTDi). Each week we attended a webinar, completed tasks, and took part in online discussions about Extensive Reading

The course participants were qualified educators, each with at least 10 years’ experience of teaching plus a higher education degree or a Masters. Participants included a broad spectrum of experience, too, ranging from teaching young learners and teenagers to college students and adults. Last but not least, the course was enhanced by a variety of cultural backgrounds, owing to the locations the participants work: Brazil, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Greece, India, Iran, USA, and Vietnam (See “About the Authors” for more information). In summary, it was a lively course, with plenty of active participation.

10 Ways to Teach Global Citizenship in 2017

With the backlash against globalization growing in Europe and the United States, there is a greater need than ever for teachers, professors, and employers to teach global citizenship. Opposition to global society – whether based on legitimate critiques of interventionism and global markets or on misconceptions about immigrants and foreigners – threatens to cut off intercultural dialogue mid-sentence. Education can keep the line open.

Global citizenship education (GCE) is an educational approach that broadens the worldview through which young people learn at school, college, or work. GCE brings young people all over the world into the fold of global politics, economics, and society. It teaches the skills, including the inter-cultural communication skills, that young people need to thrive in a global world. Here’s how teachers and employers can get their students and employees thinking about the rights, responsibilities, and opportunities they have as global citizens:

Making Classrooms Smarter with Technology

The classroom is buzzing with activity as students excitably speak over one another. However, the lecturer makes no attempt to quiet the boisterous class, instead waiting patiently for the noise to die down. A quick glance at the projector screen tells the lecturer that the students only have five minutes to go before presenting their findings from the internet. A few moments later, the students looked up in anticipation, waiting to see what else their lecturer had in stall for them for the rest of the lesson.

This is just one scenario that can take place in a smart classroom—one that is conducive for a digitally-enabled education. As students become more technologically inclined, smart classrooms can keep them actively engaged in their learning, while helping them to understand key concepts that might otherwise be difficult to explain through traditional teaching methods.

Here are some ways how educators around Asia Pacific have incorporated technology as part of their teaching tools.