Category Archives: Sessions

Details of Stone Soup sessions run by BCKL teachers.

Homework

At the last Stone Soup session Soofi led a discussion about homework: what are the reasons for setting homework, what different attitudes to homework there are among teachers and students, how can homework be effective, and what types of homework … Continue reading

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Error correction

What to see if your learners can identify common mistakes? This quiz with 16 mistakes learners often make. It’s not only grammar and the level is quite high, so maybe good for UI and above.

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Giving feedback on Academic writing

In the last Stone Soup session we had a discussion about how to give feedback on Academic writing and what points to include. Peter Marron divided the session into two parts. First, we discussed how to successfully scaffold the writing … Continue reading

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Breaking free of the level

  In the second Stone Soup of the year, we chatted about whether we should present language in such a way that elementary items are taught to elementary students, and advanced to advanced students. We came to the conclusion that … Continue reading

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Learning styles – myth or fact?

Today we had the first Stone Soup session of the year with Matt leading a discussion about learning styles and their myth. We started out by narrowing the topic to two main issues: 1, the idea of learning styles in teacher … Continue reading

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Why do children fidget?

Have you ever had those students who can’t stop moving around? How does this affect your classroom? Do you know how to deal with these kind of learners? Or basically do you know why children fidget? And how can we help … Continue reading

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Translate or not to translate?!

Should we use L1 in the classroom? Some ban it entirely, while others claim it’s a valuable resource that shouldn’t be ignored. Where do you stand on using learners’ first language in class? If you would like to know about … Continue reading

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Apps for speaking

Applications are a great way to motivate shy students to speak, and there are loads of different ways to use them. But why? Let’s take a look at this article on ‘The Theory of Efficiency’. The Theory of Efficiency In 1994, … Continue reading

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Teaching Suprasegmental Pronunciation

Rebecca summarises the main points from her training day session on teaching suprasegmental features of pronunciation. Suprasegmental refers to word and sentence stress, intonation and linking.  The aim of this session was to review these features and practise the teaching … Continue reading

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Reading Cards

Following his training day session with Hannah, Dan takes us through the new Reading Card scheme. How often do your young learners read books or speak English outside of their two hours with you? Never, said some parents when I … Continue reading

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