Poll for #KELTchat Sunday, June 3rd, 8pm

Hi everyone,

I hope you all had a good holiday weekend. The return of Monday working next week (Boo!) means a return for #KELTChat (Hooray!).

Below is a list of potential topics for the next chat. Please vote for your favourite. Bear in mind that these are general ideas which will be refined for the chat.

If you’re not sure what pragmatics is, the following short article might help: http://azzania.multiply.com/reviews/item/8?&show_interstitial=1&u=%2Freviews%2Fitem

The poll is below. See you on Sunday.

Alex G (@breathyvowel)

#KELTChat Summary (19th May 2012): Superstar Activities

@JosetteLB has curated a marvellous summary of Sunday’s #KELTChat on storify.com. It contains all the key posts and links from the chat, and will be of great use to all of us in planning our classes in future.

For now we’re having trouble with embedding or publishing the story on this blog, so please follow the link instead. You can find the story here:


If anyone knows how to publish or embed a Storify story on a WordPress.com blog, please do get in touch.

Alex G (@breathyvowel)

#KELTChat 13th May 2012, 8pm: Superstar Activities: Activities that rock your classroom

For those of you who can read it (sorry, the image came out rather small and I’m in a hurry), the most popular topic on this week’s #KELTChat poll was “Superstar Activities: Activities that rock your classroom” as suggested by @seouldaddy in our chat two weeks ago.

This is a chat that I’m personally very much looking forward to. I think it’s a great opportunity for all of us to add to our “teacher toolkits”, and find some new activities to boost flagging midterm morale.

During the chat we hope to discover some of what makes an activity “great”, especially for the Korean context, and why some activities simply don’t work. For the most part though, this is a great chance to share the what and how of some of your positive teaching experiences. I look forward to hearing all about yours on Sunday at 8pm.

If you’re new to Twitter chatting and aren’t sure quite how it works, check out this handy guide. If you have no idea what #KELTChat is, have a look here or here.

Alex (@breathyvowel)

KELTchat Summary: Sunday, April 29th – “What about listening?”

“There is no such thing as a worthless conversation, provided you know what to listen for, and questions are the breath of life for a conversation.”  ~ James Nathan Miller

This quote certainly rang true in the #KELTchat that took place this past Sunday night, as 24 contributors, along with the moderator Michael Griffin, created a rich conversation with questions about ELL Listening skills wafting throughout the hour-long session.   The initial questions concerned the value of listening, or “why should we include listening in ELT”? And with one short breath of an answer, the question quickly turned to “how”.

As ELTs, the top priority on our minds was activities, with most everyone agreeing that textbook activities were lacking…in creativity, authenticity, and communicative qualities, and therefore, sometimes hurried through or skipped altogether.  The suggestion was made to start with teaching listening strategies (before asking students to jump into varied activities), and was elaborated on to include 6 common strategies that could be employed in any listening episode (in or out of the classroom) – asking, guessing, predicting, focusing, reviewing and responding.

Additionally, a mention of taking away visual stimuli to allow for ‘pure’ listening created a heated debate as to the need or frequency of ‘pure’ listening to occur in real life.  It was conceded that visuals could be used as contextual clues to aid learners, but also could be seen as ‘distractions’.

After those deep breaths, the life of the conversation came full circle to begin again, the inquiry of what kinds of activities might be helpful to enhance listening lessons and outcomes for both students and teachers.  The air was filled with options from pre-listening silence, to live textbook adaptation, to accented English, to podcasts, to self-recordings, to music, to sit-coms (a complete reference list of all cited materials and sources follows this summary).

Now, armed with activities galore, and an agreement that listening lessons should have a purpose and a structure of pre-, while-, and post-listening tasks, the lively ‘chatters’ exhaled laudations and gratitude to each other and the moderator.  With everyone breathing easy, we took suggestions of topics that would breathe new life into the next #KELT chat.  So, stay tuned or ‘listen closely’ for the details…coming soon.

“Man’s inability to communicate is a result of his failure to listen effectively.”  — Carl Roger


Summary by Kristina Eisenhower (@keisenhow)