Helping students to “demand high” of themselves: #KELTchat Preview for Sunday, September 29th at 8:00 p.m.

Greetings, #KELTchatters! As September comes to a close, we welcome everyone to join us this Sunday evening for our final #KELTchat of the month. This chat’s topic is “Helping students to ‘demand high’ of themselves.”

For a good understanding of “demand high,” I highly recommend the Demand High ELT blog. Demand high focuses on the potential for deep learning by each individual student. Demand high teaching explores how teachers can challenge each student to stimulate more learning.

In our #KELTchat, we can explore how to help learners challenge themselves. Some questions to think about:

  • What does “demand high” learning look like?
  • Can students do it on their own? What questions would they need to answer for themselves?
  • Have you any experiences to share about helping students challenge themselves?
  • What can we do to help students push themselves further than they think they can go?
  • How can we involve students in tweaking activities to stimulate further learning?
  • What ideas or advice would you share regarding “demand high learning?”

The following is shamelessly plagiarized from @thebreathyvowel: The above is of course a guideline, so please bring any other questions, ponderings or flashes of inspiration with you to the chat. See you Sunday night at 8pm!

If you’d like to join us, but you’re not sure how, check out the how to tab at the top of the page. If you’re still not sure, send me a tweet (@annehendler) or stop by the Facebook page and we’ll be happy to help you.

#KELTChat Poll: 28th September 2013

Hello #KELTChatters!

After a short break for the Chuseok holiday, KELTChat will be back on Sunday at 8pm.

As usual, we’d like you to help us choose a topic. Please have a look at the topics below and vote for your favorite, or add your own suggestion. We will discuss the most popular option during the chat.

See you there!


Edit: In the comments below there was a request for some clarification of the term “pedagogic grammar”. To me that would mean the kind of grammar that we would want to teach in a classroom, the decisions we might make as to what is suitable, and how we would go about teaching it. (Other definitions may well be more accurate).

#KELTChat Preview – 10th September 2013, 9pm

Welcome to the first #KELTChat preview of the new semester. It feels like it’s been a long time since I wrote one of these, so I hope I can remember how to do it. “Practical ideas for teaching speaking” was the poll-winning topic. I’m not sure how much explanation this really needs, but if we’re on the practical side then you might like to share the following:

  • Tasks (if you’re into that kind of thing)
  • Activities (if you’re not)
  • Seating arrangements
  • Skills (conversational ones? pragmatic ones?)
  • How to motivate students to speak
  • Teaching techniques
  • Materials
  • Anything else

The chat takes place on Twitter from 9pm on Tuesday 10th September. Just run a search for #keltchat, and add the same hashtag to your own tweets in order to contribute. If you need any help, please send me a tweet or ask on the Facebook group.

See you on Twitter!

Alex G (@breathyvowel)