Work-life balance for new teachers (IH Journal Issue 47)

Issue 47 of the IH Journal has just come out, including articles by me on Work-life balance for new teachers. Amy Gowers has written about Taming Teens, which I’ll definitely be sharing with lots of my colleagues and taking note of myself! There’s even an article called How effectively are you using your PowerPoint, which I think a lot of teachers could do with reading Here is the full contents page:

IH Journal Issue 47 contents page

Bridging the gap between classroom and real-world listening (remote workshop)

This is the post to accompany my first ever online workshop, where I was in Poland and presenting to rooms of people in British Council schools in Rabat and Casablanca. It was an interesting hybrid of a webinar and a workshop, and definitely something I’d like to do again.

The presentation was a (very slight) reworking of my Transitioning Listening talk, which I last shared on this blog in November 2017. The full version of the original talk presented at IATEFL 2014, including all of the audio, is also available on my blog. Here are the slides from this time around:

This is the lovely poster that Helen Chapman made to advertise it (thanks for organising this Helen!)

Poster for talk with short blurb about me and the session

In its current iteration, the talk is mostly influenced by John Field’s Listening in the Language Classroom (2008) which I read for my Delta. The main change is in my inclusion of Richard Cauldwell’s books, Phonology for Listening: Teaching the stream of speech (2013) and A Syllabus for Listening: Decoding (2018) in the further reading links. They are very readable and have continued to help me develop my ideas of what it means to teach listening in the classroom, not just test it. I’m not sure how much my presentation reflects Cauldwell’s ideas, though I mentioned the idea of greenhouse, garden and jungle speech. I’ll probably rework the presentation more next time around once I’ve finished reading A Syllabus for Listening: Decoding, which I’m currently about half-way through.

If you’d like to buy any of the books mentioned in the talk, here are some affiliate links which will get me a few pennies if you use them 🙂

What do you do to help your students improve their listening skills and prepare them for real-world listening?