LTL DISCUSSION: Manglish: can or not?

Early in 2015 I lead some workshops on English for public speaking. In most cases, the participants were attending because they had to; not, necessarily because they wanted to. There was a lot of useful content for those who were interested, but the thing that stands out in my memory was the colleague who came on board during the second workshop to demonstrate the value of PowerPoint for public speakers – without using … er … PowerPoint. It was pretty hilarious in a tragic kind of way.

So while I was having a good old laugh at my colleague’s omission recently, I realised that my workshop activities were also missing something important.

Is it OK to use Manglish at English language events in Malaysia? Can or not? As they say.

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LTL DISCUSSION: learner feedback

LTL DISCUSSION: learner feedback

Top 3 tips for giving learner feedback snakes and ladders style

Feedback is not a reward, it’s not a congratulatory pat on the back for the good players, nor a punishment naming and shaming the losers; it is just another roll in your turn as you play the learning game. When we play snakes and ladders (I’ve also heard it called chutes and ladders), it’s not all up-up-up the ladder; there’s also a lot of sliding down snakes as well. That’s why it’s so much fun.

Learners need feedback to let them know where they are right and where they are wrong. If they are wrong, they also need to be told how to make it right. Here are three top tips to help teachers give better feedback.

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LTL DISCUSSION: Six of the Worst!

LTL DISCUSSION: Six of the Worst!

Earlier, I wrote about top tips for successful classroom management (HERE: Six of the Best). Now I want to think about the six worst things a teacher can do from the point of view of managing learning. Classroom management, of course, is not just about modifying behaviour, it is about modifying behaviour in order to promote learning.

How would you rank the following mismanagement techniques?

Rank these classic fails in ascending order; from 6 (bad) to 1 (VERY bad).

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LTL DISCUSSION: the classroom manager

LTL DISCUSSION: The Classroom Manager

Classroom management: What is it and why do we need it?

Project management makes sure that everyone knows what they have to do, and when they have to do it. Resource management ensures that we don’t run out of stuff, and everyone gets their fair share. Time management is about getting everything done with enough time left over for the fun stuff. So, what is classroom management? Basically, an effective classroom manager creates an environment where learning is a fun and rewarding thing to do – for everybody.

Classroom management is often described in terms of the students’ behaviour. Younger learners are trained to sit properly at their tables, to keep quiet and pay attention, but what classroom management rules do teachers apply to themselves? An effective classroom manager is skillfully managing the students’ learning. The students can be as quiet and well behaved as you like, but being well-behaved in class is NOT the same thing as being engaged and learning.

What are the teacher’s responsibilities?

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LTL DISCUSSION: getting motivated

LTL DISCUSSION: getting motivated

Using GOALS to MOTIVATE LEARNING (Read more about goal-setting HERE)

How goals and feedback can help you improve your language-learning performance:


Learning a language is a long term project, but every long-term aim is reached through a series of short-term steps. Goal-setters need to be specific about their time-frames. It is very important that you put a time limit on your learning objectives, otherwise they lack any urgency, and if they lack urgency they probably won’t get done.

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LTL DISCUSSION: top 5 tips for goal-setters

LTL DISCUSSION: top 5 tips for goal-setters

Your goals are nothing more than wishes if you don’t make a plan. Goal-setting is not about naming your objective; it’s about describing how you get there. If you want to learn a language, write a research paper, build a garage or get a promotion – you need a plan.

Setting clear and realistic goals will help you achieve your dreams.

 Top 5 Tips for Goal-setters:

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