You might be wondering what I have been doing since my last post, when I declared the intention to enroll on either a Cambridge or Trinity College EFL course. After considering the respective course syllabuses, the needs of our volunteers and their students, not to mention the near £1000.00 cost! I chose neither and signed up to an on-line course which so far threatens ‘death by English grammar’. If nothing else it will avenge my primary school teachers for my lack of progress with the exercises to be found in in the ‘The Objective book of English’ almost five decades ago !
However the course, coupled with the ongoing study of Portugues and years as a primary school teacher has brought me to the conclusion that we can best support the volunteers and their students by preparing a toolbox that includes:
- A structure for introducing vocabulary
- A bank of ideas for purposeful interactive activities.
- A list of strategies for classroom management.
- On-line support during placements
Please jot any ideas into comments and we will make the resources available to you. The way forward now seems more clear: the power of research, reflection and blogging.