The Versatile ELT Blog
A space for short articles about topics of interest to language teachers.
On 1st July, the Versatile E-learning site is embarking on its maiden voyage. It has had a dry run with some teacher training courses for my teachers here in Tashkent. But in July, we enter international waters. This is no mean feat when you're in one of the only double-landlocked countries in the world. 🙂
The e-learning courses are mainly intended to add an interactive dimension to Versatile books.
The first course to open revolves around Discovering English with VersaText.
Click the VersaText logo here for information about the course and the enrolment procedure.
The course is free, by the way. At least it is at the moment.
Understanding another involves empathy, which requires the kind of similarity that we just do not have with lions, and that many people do not have with other human beings.
Out of Your Seats is now in use all over the place. So if you are using the book and would like to share any comments about your experiences with it, please click the title of this post and make a comment. We'd love to hear from you.
New article by James Thomas just published here on the website. If you would like to comment on the article, do see here on the blog page. Looking forward to your comments.
The Reluctant Teacher
This extract from the Introduction to Out of Your Seats addresses some of the issues that cause language teachers' reluctance to engage in drama activities.
Susan Hillyard and Eugenia Dell'Osa have chosen such great travel reading that they want to share it with the world. Can't blame them really. :-)
They were flying Buenos Aires to Bolivia, I believe.
Thanks for your support, Susan and Eugenia.
From a 2000 word review published last year in the Journal of Linguistics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, come these snippets:
This book demystifies the corpus approach to language teaching and shows that corpus software is no magic wand, but a useful tool to obtain language information that was hitherto almost inaccessible.
Written by Maria Kunilovskaya and Marina Koviazina in the Department of Philology and Journalism University of Tyumen, Russia.
To read the whole review, click on the Journal of Linguistics, and search for 'sketch'.