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      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT1 week ago
      When this happens, it's usually because the owner only shared it with a small group of people or changed who can see it, or it's been deleted.
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT3 months ago
      A year ago, not too many of us had even heard about a programme called "Zoom" or had experienced the ups (and dare I say, it, downs!) of online learning!

      Now as a teacher 95% reliant on online classes, I have had to upgrade my broadband connection, relocate the antenna, move the position of my router, upgrade the wireless network "dongle" and carry out repeated checks on my "download" speed and (more critical to teaching) my "upload" speed ...

      You have no idea what half those terms refer to? I truly wish I didn't either!!!

      I love teaching - that's why I do it - so online teaching is what I have to do as a professional educator. And I think I do it pretty well. Certainly I would never meet the students I've been seeing from Turkey, Russia, Taiwan, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the multitude of other countries I am unlikely to ever get to visit!

      But ... apart from the odd local student happy enough to meet in a socially distanced way, wearing masks and lashings of hand disinfectant, I really, really miss teaching students physically present. I can help feel that there's a dimension of learning that's missing.

      Sadly until the vaccines are rolled out and the majority of the population has the protection they offer, in my opinion live in-person classes will probably be the exception rather than the rule. Certainly for me.

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/zoom-fatigue-the-differing-impact-on-introverts-and-extroverts-11615291202

      What's your perspective as a fellow teacher or prospective teacher?

      Keep safe :-)
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT4 months ago
      So how's your English vocabulary? Any of these you're not sure about?!!! Let me know if there are any definitions needed :-)
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT
      Institute of English Language Teacher Training - IELTT4 months ago
      Today, there is little point picking some goal far off in the distance and expecting to be able to follow a well-planned path to get there - things are moving too damn fast and life never turns out the way you expect it to anyway. Aside from that, each step you take positions you at a different place with a different view and different choices.

      There's no way to predict in advance what opportunities will present themselves and how you'll feel about them once you're there.

      Be willing to play it out, choose your next step because you really want to do it for its own merits - even if you can't see how it might fit with a conventional career path or other people's views of success.

      Learning a new language fits in with this step by step approach ... A good teacher will be sensitive to the journey - are you up to supporting students in that way?