#KELTChat Poll for 2nd June 2013

Hey team,

Thank you very much for the ideas you put in for the #KELTChat poll this week. We have selected four options for you to choose from, so please vote, and then joing us for the chat on Sunday at 8pm.

Note: the fourth option refers to the list of macrostrategies in Kumaravadivelu’s book, Beyond Methods. The two strategies up for discussion are copied below. If you want to read a sizeable chunk of the book for free, it can be downloaded from here.

• Maximize learning opportunities: This macrostrategy envisages teaching as a process of creating and utilizing learning opportunities, a process in which teachers strike a balance between their role as managers of teaching acts and their role as mediators of
learning acts;

• Foster language awareness: This macrostrategy refers to any attempt to draw learners’ attention to the formal and functional properties of their L2 in order to increase the degree of explicitness required to promote L2 learning.

#KELTchat Preview: Building Rapport (with students)

It is with great pleasure that we announce the next topic for KELTchat:
Building rapport with students 

This is a topic that has had a long and storied career in the voting process, and was in a virtual tie with BURNOUT last round.

Some questions to consider (and perhaps discuss in the chat include: 

  • What is rapport?
  • Is it important? If so, why is it important?
  • Any observations related to rapport in the Korean context?
  • What do you usually do to build rapport with students?
  • What rapport building strategies would you like to try?
  • Any rapport-related success stories to share? Any failures? 
  • What are some challenges to developing rapport you face or have faced?
  • Any rapport-related resources to share?
  • What rapport-related advice would you give to new teachers or younger versions of yourself?

Some possible pre-reading:  

  1. Scott Thornbush Thornbury with R is for Rapport. 
  2. Mario Rinvolucri’s Six ways of improving relationships on the excellent (but inactive) 6 Things blog and as recommended on Twitter by the excellent Carol Goodey
  3. A very short piece from our friends at Teaching English: in which they define rapport.
  4. An #ELTchat summary on “Building rapport and confidence with students in ELT classes.
  5. Chris Ożóg with some insights on rapport (and teachers and yoga)