After a summer off to gather its thoughts and give those niggling injuries a chance to heal, #KELTChat is back to take once more to the lush fields of Twitter and do battle with the ELT issues of the moment.
If you have never encountered #KELTChat before, here is a short introduction. #KELTChat is a space on the internet (and increasingly in “real life” too) for teachers in Korea and further afield to talk about issues that affect us in the classroom and the industry as a whole. We have a Facebook group but the greater part of teacher interaction takes place in our regular Twitter chats (lots of good information in that link).
The first such chat takes place on Sunday 6th September from 8 until 9pm Korea time (click here for the time in your part of the world). The topic will be “Building rapport with students”. Most teachers would agree that rapport is important, but it may mean different things to different people, and the ways that it is created will vary in each case. This chat is an opportunity to explore our own and others’ approaches to building rapport.
The chat will be structured around the following questions, though tangents and diversions are very welcome.
- What does rapport mean to you?
- Are there any aspects of rapport that you think might be particularly important for Korean students?
- Are there any aspects of rapport included in common definitions that you think are NOT important?
- How explicitly do you try to build rapport between students, and between yourself and the class?
- What activities to you find are effective at building rapport?
- How do you act towards students in order to build rapport?
- Is there anything else that you do to encourage rapport?
- What kind of timescale do you have for building rapport?
- Is there any value in assessing rapport between students?
We hope to see you on Sunday. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
The #KELTChat Team
- Alex (@breathyvowel)
- Anne (@annehendler)
- David (@davidharbinson)
- Dayle (@daylemajor)
- Michael (@michaelegriffin)
- Tim (@timhampson)