Technologically and linguistically adventurous EFL teacher, trainer, writer and manager

Here are three things I’d like to work on in my teaching this year:

  • Systematic revision/recycling of language.
  • Include more reading, perhaps through a book chart.
  • Use notebooks systematically with my students.

If everything goes to plan, I’ll be teaching a low-level teen class. I only have three hours a week with them and we use a coursebook (that won’t be changing), but I think all three of those things are doable without a lot of extra time needed.

What are you working on in your teaching? And how would you suggest I do those things?

Comments on: "A mini action plan for 2019-2020" (4)

  1. Didem Demirman said:

    Hello Sandy,
    Thanks for sharing your plans.
    My plans are:
    Finding good e sources for my prep school beginner level learners at our university’s school of foreign languages.
    Keeping good track of their language process despite studying with different teachers in higher levels:)(hopefully)
    Can i ask you to explain book charts a little bit more?
    I love doing systematical revision/recycling by padlet or mentimeter. They write the most …. topic, vocabulary items, etc. and add comments on their weekly learning process; if i use mentimeter i prefer word cloud mode to see what they remember mist from the previous class. I can humbly suggest these if you are not using them already with that purpose. If you have a different recycling technique for this year, i would like to learn it:)

    Good luck with the new academic year and Best,


    • I hadn’t thought of using mentimeter that way – sounds like a great idea! Reading the post back, I’m not entirely sure what I meant by a book chart. Maybe something about how many books they’ve read? But in hindsight, that sounds far too competitive! Hmmm…
      Thanks for sharing your plans too Didem – good luck!


  2. Re: systematic use of notebooks- I find reflection stages really help. If you have reflection discussions at the end of a lesson, like these:
    How would you explain what you learnt today to a student who was absent?
    What 2 things do you gain from today’s lesson?
    What else would you like to know about the topic?
    How can you use the new vocab outside class?
    …then you can follow these up with free writing responses to same questions for homework. This can lend itself to review. You know, starting the next weeks learn with ‘so, did you learn anything about previous topic this week?’ Or ‘so and so was away last week, let’s recap what we learnt’
    This is always best laid plans, mind you. This type of stuff has worked well for me in the past, but the learners were motivated. At the moment I’m struggling to get that level of interest, hence autonomy.

    The post I’ve just written on YLs might help with systematic notebook use – the verbal feedback bit.

    Let me know how the action plan goes!

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