Tuesday sees the return of longer form #keltchats for this season, with a slightly different timespan: 11 am to 7 pm. Slowburn™ chats are designed for people to drop in and out of the chat, and to allow topics to be developed in a little more depth than our one hour chats. You are not obliged or even expected to participate for the full eight hours.
The title of this chat is, “Just who are my students anyway?” We hope that the topic will encourage teachers to think more deeply about the people who step into their classrooms, and take away positive insights to help them with their teaching. We think it might also be fun to compare the impressions that teachers in similar contexts hold.
Some questions that we would like you to answer during the chat are:
- Where are my students from?
- What is their English learning history? How might this affect their views of English?
- What expectations do they have of teachers?
- What do they know about English? What might they want to find out?
- What is their relationship to English and English in the world?
- What do they know about themselves? What might they want to find out?
- What do they know about the world? What might they want to find out?
- Where are they going?
- What are my students afraid of?
- What common ground might I have with my students?
- Why are my students studying English? Intrinsic/extrinsic motives?
- What do my students do now?
- What activities do they like in the classroom?
- What do they like to do outside of the classroom/in their free time?
- How can I get my students to open up about themselves?
If you have never participated in a chat before but would like to start, there are some useful hints on the how-to tab above. Questions and contributions of any kind are also welcome at our Facebook page.