Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondHello, everybody. Mary Therese and I are here in Cambridge to go over the first week with you. Hello, Monica, hello, everyone. And haven't it been a lovely week? Lots of people commenting and joining in and we have participants from all over the world. We have some lucky person that's in Bermuda doing the course on the beach - I can just imagine it now. We have people in Iceland - which, probably very cold there at this time of year, but that's kind of opposite extreme of the weather. And because we're in England, we have to talk about the weather. And then there's people in Peru, Venezuela, all over the world. So welcome, everyone. It's great to see you online.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 secondsAnd we've got such a variety of people on the course - we've got people who've been teaching, I think one person said 35 years. Some people, 10 years and they're looking for a refresher. Some complete beginners, who are starting from scratch. But so many experienced people on the course, and sharing ideas. Yes, I read somebody's comment this morning, and they said they were 74 years old. So that's really good going, so why not? 74 is the new 54, isn't it? Yes, so I go sometimes into answer a comment or a question, I've found somebody's got there first - other participants from the course. So a lot of experience there. So please carry on doing that.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsPlease place your comments in the comments section. Also remember that when you complete an activity, to press the pink button to show that you've completed the step, and mark the step completed. People that want certificates will need to have done a certain percentage to get that. So don't forget to mark 'complete', and please keep with your comments. And lots of you have commented that you're learning, and that teachers are always learning, that learning is a lifelong process. And Mary Therese and I always learn something on every course - in fact, we learn a lot in every course. Well, we had the the thing, didn't we?

Skip to 1 minute and 50 secondsAbout the language learning, and lots of people have commented on how difficult it was, and lots of people have put up things on Speak Pipe, with examples and their introductions. And you're doing one, and I'm going to do one. So you're going to go first? [INTERPOSING VOICES] Well, I though I'd try a little bit of Tamil - because that's - That's Sri Lankan, isn't it? Tamil, yeah, and that's apparently the oldest language in the world. So I thought I'd have a go at doing - it was Suttah who put this up - so I thought I'd have a go at saying, my name is Monica. And I think, if I say, Vanakkam! En peru Monica. Vanakkam! En peru Marie Therese.

Skip to 2 minutes and 28 secondsI think that's, my name is Monica in Tamil. But I couldn't quite catch the next of the phrases, so I went online - and that's quite interesting, because I found a site that claimed to teach you Tamil. And it had amazing sentences to learn, which were things like, that is a pencil. And I learned, Pencil adhu? is that thing a pencil? Oh, that's very useful, isn't it? When I go out in the world, I often say to people, is that thing a pencil?

Skip to 2 minutes and 54 secondsWell, it reminded me of how languages used to be taught, and how many people commented that they were taught French and German, and how their teacher went through grammar rules, or you just learned to say, the man is on the box - complete useless stuff. So that kind of reminded me that we need to remind everybody that language needs to be useful. Absolutely, and our participants have posted things that are communicatively useful, not, this is a pencil. So I'm going to do something that is communicatively useful in Hindi. And I have learned this, I promise I've learned it. I learned it by heart. I promise. And so this is - Dana actually posted this. So, Namaste. Mira nam Marie Therese.

Skip to 3 minutes and 40 secondsNamaste! Mira nam Monica. Yeah, I think that means, hello my name is Mary Therese. Namaste. Mira nam Marie Therese. Well-done, Mary Therese. And what other stuff have we had this week? Well, our main theme this week, as an introductory thing, was motivation. And we asked you to talk about what motivated you as learners. And lots of people mention the teacher, if they have a great teacher. Some people mentioned bad experiences with teachers. Somebody mentioned, that they had a geography teacher, who never looked them in the eye. The teacher looked at the wall, but never at them. So eye contact was mentioned as something very important. And just teachers loving their subjects.

Skip to 4 minutes and 18 secondsYes, I think that can be a really kind of contagious thing. If you haven't - lots of people actually followed up my comment on the video about enthusiasm being a really important part of - And praise - somebody mentioned praise, I think it was Emma, mentioned praise, and the importance of praise. And also, feeling that you've made progress, so that if you do a little lesson in Hindi, or Tamil, and actually you can say something at the end of that lesson, and that you're given praise and that you feel that you're learning something. So I think we also had some comments about correction, didn't we? That somebody made, and about making - was it the magic mistake?

Skip to 4 minutes and 54 secondsIt was marvellous mistake. Yeah. Danika - Danika mentioned marvellous mistakes. And we have someone on our last course, do you remember, who said it's better to try and fail than fail to try. Absolutely. And I think actually the issue of error and correction, and so on, is really important in terms of motivation. Because if you overcorrect learners, and you make them feel that they're no good, and they're never going to be able to say anything, then they lose motivation, they lose interest, and they stay quiet. Whereas, I love this marvellous mistake idea, because you're kind of talking up the errors, and encouraging learners to practise more.

Skip to 5 minutes and 31 secondsLots of people mentioned losing confidence - if you try, and somebody laughs at you, the other learners in the class laugh at you, so the importance of learning, being cooperative, and other learners understanding you're learning, too. So building confidence. Somebody mentioned materials - Connor said, materials that have no practical value are de-motivating, and Naida mentioned that she used materials that taught you interesting stuff, like financial knowledge. Where you're actually learning content through the language, it's an interesting idea. And next week, of course, we're going to be talking a little bit about materials for motivating learners in the first part of the week, and so that will be we'll be looking at using pictures, and using websites, and so on.

Skip to 6 minutes and 13 secondsOK, and I have my quote of the week now. So every week, Monica and I are going to do a quote of the week, where we pull out something that we found interesting that somebody mentioned on the course. And I'm starting first this time. And I have - my quote of the week comes from Jill Montoya, who says that he finds being a teacher is a bit like being a waiter in a restaurant, where he's running around - I'm going to read it out, otherwise, I'm not going to get it quite right. He's running hither and tither, trying to assist the hungry clients.

Skip to 6 minutes and 46 secondsAnd he imagines that they are learning, hungry learners - I think that's a really nice analogy, that you motivate your learners to make them hungry to learn. My quote actually actually was Danika talking about marvellous mistakes - Wonderful. I mentioned it earlier, but that's one to remember, isn't it? OK, so next week, we're doing stuff about motivating learners, continuing to talk about activities you can do using pictures. We're talking about lesson planning, and how to prepare a lesson, and the reasons for lesson planning.

Skip to 7 minutes and 18 secondsAnd we're going to talk about classroom management - and that's a biggie, really, because classroom management is about how to organise learners, how to get them doing activities, how to group them, how to pair them, and that sort of thing. So we look forward to meeting next week. And we'll begin next week with a Q&A session. So we'll pick up all the questions that you're posting this week, and we'll begin our next Monday with answering your questions. So we'll see you then have. A good weekend. Bye.

Video review of Week 1

In this video, the educators look back at some of the main talking points of this week made by you from all around the world. The video will appear here on Friday 7th July at around 3pm (UK time).

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