Category: English Language Training

Workshop – Using Technology in Interactive Training

How can technology make the English classes more dynamic, meaningful, and authentic? During last year’s KU Training Day, this particular workshop started with quotes from famous people who had made predictions about technology which turned out to be false. The projections claimed that technology would replace teachers and revolutionize education. These predictions hooked the audience

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Workshop – Problem-Solving Group Discussions

A person’s life involves solving problems and deciding on the best possible solution(s) to them. Our students are bound to face this scenario shortly, and our job as teachers is to help them cope with solving problems.  The workshop has a primary purpose of challenging the participants to prove that a problem exists, explain the

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Workshop – Problem-Solving Activities

The “Problem-solving Activities” workshop delivered during our annual KU Training Day last year, aimed at sharing and implementing 21st-century practices in every classroom, as well as, adapting or creating an activity that contains the four main 21st century skills. To start with the training, participants got to know each other, and they had to solve

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Workshop – Social Media in the EFL Classroom

Roxane Gay wrote that “Social media is something of a double-edged sword. At its best, social media offers unprecedented opportunities for marginalized people to speak and bring much-needed attention to the issues they face.”  Gay also added that “At its worst, social media also offers ‘everyone’ an unprecedented opportunity to share in collective outrage without

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Video – KU Training Day

The Language Institute’s Training Day was held this past November 2017, with full attendance at our Managua offices. A wide range of topics were discussed, including student engagement techniques, teacher tools, and 21st century skills among many others. Were you there?

KU Training Day

The International Language Institute hosted the yearly KU Training Day, in which a new generation of graduates received their Instructor Certificates. It’s the most relevant institutional event of the year, in which new solutions are brought forward to the many challenges of English teaching in Nicaragua. Take a look at the topics that were discussed

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Assessment: Show What You Know!

“I read through the whole textbook and found a word that was only used once. I was sure the students wouldn’t know it!” Lillian, a teacher trainer in Peru, was explaining her conversation with a teacher who had written a test for his English students. “But,” Lillian asked, “Why would you choose to test the

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Digital Citizenship and ELT

M.A. Maria del Carmen Gonzalez       When teaching another language all the input, exposure, and practice that the students may get becomes priceless to their learning concerning exposure. Technology provides English language teachers with an endless source of tools and applications which can make their classes much more interactive and be engaging for learners. Instructors

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Facing the 21st Century Education

by Erick Mariano Izaguirre “Why do I need to study this? What for do I need to know this? How is this going to help me in the future?” Do these questions sound familiar to you? If you are a teacher, you must have heard these questions dozens of times. Decontextualized new content usually leads

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Words beyond Rote Learning

By Yara Torrez Without words, there is no communication. One of the primary objectives of a language learner is and should be to increase their vocabulary, but how? The teacher plays a vital role in this matter. There is a wide array of activities instructors can carry out to teach new words. In our classes,

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Blended Learning: Using technology in and beyond the language classroom

Pete Sharma & Barney Barrett Macmillan Publishers Limited Oxford, England   Review Blended Learning introduces teachers into the use of technology inside and outside the classroom. Though there is no doubt about the role of technology in our classrooms, it is rather a challenging task to search, combine, and take advantage of all the variety

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Fostering Creativity in the EFL Classroom

Albert Einstein said that creativity is intelligence having fun, thus the essential meaning of creativity entails the concept of producing something new, innovative, unique, and original, as much as it is related to flexibility, adaptability, and versatility. Creativity has been defined as an ability to generate new things (Gomez, 2016), and bringing imagination and ideas

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Reaping the value of GSE and the GSE Teacher Toolkit

May 25, 2016 Updated 7 July, 2016 My goal as a classroom teacher is to do the best I can to make sure my content is meeting the needs of my learners. After fifteen years of teaching English, I know one thing to be very true: Every single group of learners I work with is

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How to use the GSE to enhance and improve English assessments

July 6, 2016 The Global Scale of English has been a great support and a positive change for my practice. As I previously discussed, the GSE can be used in a variety of ways, but my three favourite uses are as a tool for validating my students’ learning objectives, as a tool to enhance and

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Podcast – Continuing Professional Development

In this podcast, Alejandra Mora addresses what is Continuing Professional Development; the features needed when carrying out CPD and provides alternatives of CPD teachers can do.     Maria Alejandra Mora (MSc. TEFL, SPLITT, TBI, and TEFL Certified) has over 18 years of experience as a teacher, teacher trainer, academic consultant and curriculum developer and

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