Do you remember The Two Ronnies famous sketch about four candles? It makes me laugh. It’s so clever. There are moments when I think it really could have been written for our language school! (You can watch it here)
As Hwaia, Bakshan and Latetia (students from Portugal, Iraq and Latvia) are demonstrating in the photos… smiles and laughter are good for the soul.
Amidst the laughter The Two Ronnies sketch brings home a good point; how we say things really is important for understanding.
A few of us have recently been teaching the different pronunciations of ‘ed’, ‘t’, ‘d’ when using past simple. It has been fun! As I’ve walked around the building I’ve heard American, Welsh, Scottish and regionally accented English teachers trying to make these sounds as clearly as possible... and then heard our students ‘drilling’ back. The building has echoed with the sounds of happy chanting.
But, it doesn’t mean that students have really understood, or will remember. This text was sent to one of the teachers last week, “I’m not going today to school because the school of my daughter is close.” Ah, more work needed!
So, we have to find different ways to keep consolidating our content. And we need to teach at a pace that keeps our students interested, engaged and learning… whilst also making progress in real life conversations.
Lucy is one of our most experienced teachers. She’s worked in Belgium with the British Council, in Abu Dhabi with a private language school and as an examiner for ILTS here in the UK. She has volunteered to lead our next professional development time on how to teach phonetics so that students begin to actually say what they want to say. Working in a team is such a good thing.