Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello everybody. Hello. And welcome to our final end of week review. I can't believe the six weeks have gone so quickly. Can you Marie Therese? Absolutely, zapped by. But it's been great, hasn't it? It's been absolutely wonderful. It's been wonderful. So many contributions from people, lots of people doing the activities and the tasks, and we had the polls this week, didn't we? The poll this week was on, what are the most important qualities of an effective teacher? And top came love of language at 54%. Oh, wow. OK. And second came professionalism, and commitment, and enthusiasm, to your role as a teacher. Yes, I noticed that my thing about humour came second from bottom. But I still think it's really important.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsIt reminded me of one of my teachers, who was my Latin teacher, who always asked us questions at the beginning of the new term in Latin, about our holidays. And she asked us, in Latin, if we'd been abroad, if we'd been outside England. Did you go in a machine that flew through the sky? Because, of course, airplanes didn't exist in Roman times. So there's no Latin word, then? No. But she tried to get us to communicate to use language. And good teachers have always done that. They've always tried to get their learners to communicate. And that's something that Stella said. Stella said that now with digital, maybe we're forgetting about classroom communication.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsWell, sorry Stella, lots of communication will be digital. But you're absolutely right. Getting learners speaking and communicating by whatever media, is very important. Yes, and we asked the teachers this week as well to talk about, as you've just done, one of their favourite teachers. And I picked out Magali, who also talked about using questions and one of her teachers. Because you remember way back in, I guess it was week 2, when we talked about classroom management, we had a task, an activity about teachers using questions in class. And Magali said one of her favourite teachers, the reason that she chose him as her favourite teacher, is because he did exactly that.

Skip to 1 minute and 53 secondsAt the beginning of every lesson, he would ask them questions. And she said he would ask them questions about any - the topic wasn't important, she says. It was just important that he gets them to express themselves. But also, I think it leads into another theme that we had this week about the beginning of lessons. Because I think beginning of lessons is so important to relax students and to get them prepared for learning, and in the right place, especially if they've had a busy day, or they're not feeling very well, or anything, something like that. And so Boris asked the question about how would he start, how could we start a lesson?

Skip to 2 minutes and 34 secondsWhat would we do to engage the students and make them a bit more relaxed? So Monica, do you have some warmer or something that you do at the beginning, a lead in? Well, there are very simple things you can do. So for example, you could say, well I'm going on a picnic, or we're going on a picnic at the weekend. And we're going to take some food with us. And we have to take an apple, and then the next person has to say something with B. Take a banana. The next person has to say I'm going to take a carrot. And then we go on and on and on - a doughnut, eggs.

Skip to 3 minutes and 3 secondsAnd they would go around the class and everybody - Go around the class, yeah. And everybody's trying to think of the word. But they don't have to say all the whole string. So they don't have to say apple, banana, carrots? Well, that would be - that would be quite challenging. That would make it a bit more complicated, wouldn't it? Yeah, great. Okay. So a warmer from me - I like the warmer where every learner writes a piece of information about himself on a post-it like this. And we stick the post-its up around the room. And everybody walks around and they try to guess which piece of information belongs to which of the learners in the class.

Skip to 3 minutes and 38 secondsAnd then we would say why we thought that. And it brings up some interesting discussions about what first impressions are like. Yeah. You had a objection to that one for large classes. Well, I wondered whether it would work well with large classes. What you do, Marie Therese, if you were doing that activity with a large class? Yeah, so I would just divide them into groups. So you divide them into four or depending how many, if you've got 60 learners in the class, divide them into groups of 10 maybe. And partition out the room. So that part of the room, that group of learners, would use that bit of the wall.

Skip to 4 minutes and 10 secondsAnd that group of learners would use that bit of the wall. And they could share in exactly the same way. And it's nice, interactive. It gets them out of their seats and so on. So I think warmers are really useful at the beginning of the class. Another theme that we have this week, I think we'll be posting - Well, the poll results said that love of language. In fact, as I said, that came top, love of language is very important for teachers. And in Steps, I think it was 6.10 and 11, we got you to look at language, and we asked you to think about what you would teach to beginners.

Skip to 4 minutes and 40 secondsAnd we also asked why it might be important, or why, if you go for a job, why people might ask you questions about language. So lots of people also said they wanted to, after the course, improve their grammar and ask for recommendations about what grammar books they could get. Well, there's a lot. There are online courses. I think some of them, most of them, you probably have to pay for, some of them not very expensive. If you put in Google, online grammar course, all sorts of things have come up.

Skip to 5 minutes and 6 secondsThe British Council and the BBC website have a lot of material that's free, that if you wanted to find out more about prepositions, write prepositions in Google, go to the BBC website. And there's loads of games and all sorts of activities and information about grammar. There are also - the book that I like is a book by Martin Parrott called Grammar For Teachers. I like it because I can understand it. And there are a lot of grammar books that I don't underst - they go over my head. So I like that one. And it's quite well laid out into manageable sections. I also like Raymond Murphy's English Grammar In Use, which is really a book for students, for learners.

Skip to 5 minutes and 51 secondsBut it works well for teachers. We'll put these links up on the page at the end of tomorrow. So that's it really - online stuff, use grammar books, play games, that sort of thing, OK? And the major theme for this week, of course, has been what to do next. Now Elizabeth, in week three, when we asked you to think about a metaphor for a lesson, said that she saw a lesson as something like a programme in a series on television, so one episode in a series. Well, you've had series one. And now it's up to you to plan series two, which is your future professional development.

Skip to 6 minutes and 27 secondsSo Marie Therese, would you like to give some ideas for future development for people who want to do a course? OK. So it's really to sum up. We've talked all week, haven't we? I feel I've said a lot about it. But to sum up that we've talked about doing the possibility of doing an online course, perhaps, if you want, if you can't attend a face-to-face course, to see if you can find it, join up with an online course somewhere. We've talked about CELTA, which is the Cambridge course that you can do part-time or you can do full-time. And that's for teachers who want a first qualification, who might have been teaching for a little while but want a formal qualification.

Skip to 7 minutes and 3 secondsOr it might be for brand new teachers, people that have never taught before in their lives. Then there's the DELTA, which teachers with a little bit, good bit more experience probably, two or three years experience, who want a higher level, MA level qualification, can do. So there's the DELTA. And there's ICELT, which people do, particularly popular in China, in Mexico, other countries in South America, Brazil. But also we have I think some ICELT courses going on right now in Holland. And so you could join up with one of them. They're an in-service course, so you have to have a class already that you're teaching.

Skip to 7 minutes and 42 secondsAnd you're going to talk about - Yeah, well, teaching practice is obviously very important in those courses. And we did mention in our Q&A this week that opportunities for teaching practice, you could maybe set them up yourself in your own teaching context, get people to observe you. Some of you mentioned on the course that you were doing TKT, which is a Teaching Knowledge Test that will expand your knowledge of teaching. There are other things you can do as well which is just searching websites for resources to help you in your professional development. But there's Cambridge as well. Cambridge have a lot of support for teachers on their website. That's right. And just go to our website.

Skip to 8 minutes and 19 secondsAnd you'll find their resources for teachers and resources for learners. We mentioned in the webinar also that we had - we mentioned in our Q&A that we also have webinars. So lots of resources for you, especially if you teach exam classes. Now it's very common to end up teaching exam classes when you get your first teaching role. And again, go to our website to find resources to help you with that. And again, we'll put the link up to the teacher resource websites on the same page as the video tomorrow. OK.

Skip to 8 minutes and 49 secondsWell, we know some of you are still looking at the course, and we will be looking at your comments on the end of week review and answering some more questions there. But from us, it's goodbye. And we will be repeating this course. And so we hope you'll tell other people that you know who might find it interesting to do our next course. But we've enjoyed learning with you, and we wish you every success in your future teaching careers. Goodbye everyone. So bye bye from me. Take care. Bye bye.

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