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Welcome to the PD Exchange English Language Teaching Blog. Here, we'll discuss hot topics in the world of English language teaching, share teaching tips and techniques, and explore ideas to help you grow as an English language teacher or program manager.  Select from any of the topics in the side menu to the left, or browse recent posts from all categories below.

Simple English Language Teaching Truths

We sometimes get so caught up in the details of English language teaching or in searching for the latest and most creative activity idea that we forget some basic truths that affect what we do in the classroom every day.

English Language Learners come from a wide variety of backgrounds - Students' backgrounds can have a significant impact on how they perform in the classroom. Information about their backgrounds may not be immediately obvious. Some students may have many years of language learning under their belts, while other students may have very little language learning experience. And still other students may have been out of the classroom for a long time. These past experiences and backgrounds affect the beliefs and expectations that students bring to the classroom. Take the time to learn about your students' backgrounds to make sure you can tap into their perspectives on language learning.

Creating Open Classrooms with #JoinUs

#JoinUs is a teaching movement that is growing out of the sharing culture that comes with social media. It is something that could be a great benefit to your school. The concept is simple and the benefits are incredibly helpful. Teachers are given an option of putting a #JoinUs welcome sign on their door to encourage other teachers, students or staff who are on break to participate in the classroom experience.

How to Create a Positive School Culture

Creating a positive culture in your school might be one of the most important things you can do as an educator. Creating a culture of achievement and improvement is an excellent way to catalyze positive change in your staff and students. Try some of the following tips to help you create this culture of achievement.

  • Create an orientation program for both new students and new staff - Joining a new school can be intimidating for both students and staff. Having an orientation program for new students and teachers can be a great way to explain your school culture to them so that they know the values and beliefs that form the foundation of what you do.