Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, everybody. And welcome to Week 6. And congratulations for getting to the end of Week 6. We're really impressed with the way some people worked all the way through and kept to the deadlines. And as Abdulkarim said, he's so happy with himself for having learned so much. We really enjoyed reading the comments on step 6.6, which were your descriptions of teachers that you've had who've inspired you. And I particularly enjoyed Louise's comment, which was a description of her French teacher, who she said was petite and glamorous and had smokers' cough, which seemed to me to be very typically French, for some reason.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsAnd Vaidehi's father, who seemed to know something about every subject under the sun, that inspired his son in that way. So I thought that was a really nice story too. And I think you've picked out some teachers too. Yeah, it was great reading everyone talk about their teachers. And it showed how important the teacher can be, how they can inspire you, and the qualities that came out again and again were passion, energy, and a sense of humour. So I really liked Joseph's comment, which was our teacher expressed so much joy, it was impossible not to share it. Fantastic, isn't it? Yes, so if you're enthusiastic, I think people can't help but feel enthusiastic too.

Skip to 1 minute and 10 secondsWell, we have some wonderful comments this week. The week is littered with wonderful comments from you all. But one I particularly liked was from Martha, who said that teachers wear glasses. If a teacher has glasses on, they're looking around them all the time for interesting things to bring into the classroom. Well, Mary and I have been doing a bit of that this week too. Mary, I think you read something very interesting just in a newspaper today, you were telling me. Yes. It's about new words coming into the language. So as concepts appear, they're used more, and then they go into dictionaries. So this was the concept of a glam-ma. So a glamorous, young, energetic grandmother.

Skip to 1 minute and 44 secondsAnd the reason it struck me was a lot of people were talking about age in the Q&A and in other places. And asking if they were too old to be a teacher or do a training course. But no, the idea of energy, enthusiasm, passion, all those things that inspired you as learners, you can have at any age 25 or 85. Yeah, absolutely. And my learning this week was an article again, something I was just reading yesterday, which is about using humour in the classroom. And how good that is not just for setting a good classroom environment but also for getting people to think.

Skip to 2 minutes and 19 secondsSo I'm going to give you an example of one teacher in this article who said that she used jokes. She started telling a joke at the beginning of every lesson. And then it became like a classroom routine, that the learners would bring in a joke. And they would discuss the joke, and very often, it would lead into learning. So Mary, our MOOC is six weeks, and not seven. So why is six afraid of seven? I think it's because seven (ate) nine. Oh, very good. You've heard that one before. And like many jokes, that depends on a homophone. And so the ate, past of eat, with eight, the number eight. And lots of jokes are like that.

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 secondsSo it could be very useful if you're teaching phonology to actually introduce a joke, and then start from there with similar sounds. So I think now, we should actually talk about what teachers can do for their own development. And I like Daniel's comment about the need to have structure. We haven't talked very much on the course about lesson planning or structuring the learning. And we've given you lots of ideas. And in fact, last week Mary, I saw a lesson plan that had almost too much in it. There were two quizzes. There was a YouTube video. There were pictures just for primary learners. And I thought the lesson was too crowded.

Skip to 3 minutes and 31 secondsSo I think that's something to learn now as you go forward about structuring your learning. Daniel also mentioned structuring your own development. I think he used the words clothe, getting an outfit together, choosing the right things that go together. So that was really nice. And probably the same principle applies, don't try too much at once. So now we've finished the course, the process of learning and teaching obviously, is ongoing. You can go back to the course and learn more and think about what you want to learn. So I think the key thing for people to think about is reflection. Reflection on what they know and what they want to know next.

Skip to 4 minutes and 7 secondsAnd also, if you want to learn more, you can look back at the MOOC, but you can look at things, for example, Cambridge English do. So for example, webinars - which are live interactive events, or other MOOCs, for example, running this MOOC again in February. We're running an IELTS MOOC in January called Inside IELTS. So if you'd like to find out more about how it's good for learners, or if you're interested in taking IELTS, you can study some of that as well. And also the webinars - I think we've got a series of webinars at the moment on assessment. So a whole series on what teachers need to know about assessment. And again, they're free.

Skip to 4 minutes and 43 secondsSomeone mentioned on the course actually, how useful they were. You just have to sign up, and they're very valuable too. And I liked a comment by Vitayas as well, who said that being observed is very useful. In fact, he said it's like having a third eye. You see more. So I think trying to get people to observe you. And in fact, I heard a lovely idea for observation, I think it was by Tessa Woodward, who does a lot about teacher training. She suggested that you write a lesson plan and you ask your colleague to deliver it for you. And you watch them do it. So that's quite nice. That's a fantastic idea.

Skip to 5 minutes and 13 secondsSo it takes the focus off you, doesn't it? And you can see how what you planned can be delivered by someone who's got a different experience, and different backgrounds. So that's a lovely idea. I really like that one. That's so useful. And I'd like to end actually, with a comment from Dylan Wiliam, who's just said, teachers need to get better. And it's not because they're bad teachers, it's just that you can be even better. So you can always improve. So whether you're beginning or whether you've been teaching for some time, I think just to think you're all good teachers, but you can always be even better.

Skip to 5 minutes and 45 secondsAnd finally, I'd like to end with another joke and you see we've got Larry back on the table here. Well, I have a joke. And this relates to grammar, so you can find jokes of different topics. And this is mine. So it's about a teacher. And she says Maria, can you give me two pronouns? And Maria says, who, me? And the teacher says, yes (=that's right). So I found that from a website so you can have a look for jokes for your students. My final joke, our goodbye to you is going to be a seasonal joke.

Skip to 6 minutes and 18 secondsAgain, it depends on a homonym [correction: homophone] So we've got Larry here as I said. And the joke is how do lambs greet each other at Christmas? I don't know. They say a Merry Christmas to ewe. So we want to wish those of you who are celebrating Christmas, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas. We hope we'll see you again in the New Year here on one of our courses. And thank you so much for joining us on this MOOC. We really enjoyed it. We've enjoyed it.

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