Monthly Archives: May 2013

What’s Wrong with Showing Movies in an English Class?

Movies can be a great language-learning tool. Except most teachers I know have very little idea of how to use them to their full potential. Back in my teaching days in Cuzco we used movies as a kind of a baby-sitting tactic when we didn’t feel like working that day. This is, by the way, […]

Reading Extensively and Teaching English

Reading is one of the greatest language-learning tools, period. Numerous studies show that avid readers in their first language generally tend to be better second-language learners. They also typically get higher scores on standardized tests like TOEFL and IELTS. But reading is indispensable for the English teacher as well as for our students. I think […]

A Coach, Not a Teacher

Hi, just a quick report about my new private class. My two students talked for about a third of the class time (pretty useless for language acquisition but good for confidence-building); and for the rest of it I was providing as much comprehensible input as I could (in particular, doing focused reading; I will explain […]

Teaching feels great again

I taught my first class again after an almost year-long break and boy does it feel wonderful. I’m  teaching two private students, both fantastic and motivated learners, and it looks like they’ll have no problem adapting to my new teaching style based on Krashen’s language acquisition hypothesis (tons of comprehensible input + personalization). I now […]

An experiment

I’m moving in a new direction with my life, I think. I want a new exciting journey, I want passion and fire, I want bliss, joy and freedom. I want to inspire those around me and be inspired. A few weeks ago I realized how excruciatingly bored I was at my current job as a […]