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Journalling

I like this ” Journalling allows us to recognise (and own the fact) that we’re a work in progress, that are stories are not static but dynamic. This allows us to be a little easier on ourselves. When you record ‘where you’re at’ in a journal, you then have a record of your life in that journal. You can look back on the journal at everything you’ve achieved and see patterns and records of when/what/how you overcame; you’ll find comfort and strength in that.”

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Did you know writing can be therapeutic?

Journalling has many beneficial emotional and psychological effects. You can sit there with a blank piece of paper and start to write and, at the end of it, you’ll feel better!

I’ve seen journalling described as a “spiritual windscreen wiper” which is a great description! By putting pen to paper, and pouring your thoughts and feeling on to the page, journalling allows you to get rid of all the messy, confusing and worrying thoughts that bounce around inside your head, allowing you to move on with your day with a much clearer head. Once you’ve got rid of them, by transferring them to paper, you’ll find those thoughts won’t disrupt your day. You’ll be able to get through your day with a much more focused mind.

How can you start journalling?

It can be difficult for people to start writing. They may feel embarrassed (because they feel they can’t write) or…

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How digital technology is changing our lives… and our language

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How digital technology is changing our lives… and our language

Are we going to be able to predict the skills that people will need in 20 years?
Are traditional skills, for instance, reading, writing and arithmetic out of date?
Digital literacy, creativity, problem-solving, team-working and effective communication are essential in a list of 21st-century skills.
Technology is changing teaching, but education systems are keeping up with the transformation rather than leading it.

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DeathtoStock_Medium5Diana Lea taught English in Czechoslovakia and Poland before joining Oxford University Press as a dictionary editor in 1994. She has worked on a number of dictionaries for learners of English, including the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary and the Oxford Collocations Dictionary. She is the editor of the Oxford Learner’s Thesaurus – a dictionary of synonyms and of the ELTon award-winning Oxford Learner’s Dictionary of Academic English.

New words that enter the language are a reflection of the way people’s lives are changing. If we look at what is trending, we can see that new technology can bring with it new capabilities. There are wearables – computing devices that you can wear, such as a smartwatch – which are touch-sensitive and may be voice-activated. Superfast broadband and in-app purchase offer new opportunities, but there’s a new distraction in the form of clickbait – that’s a link or headline…

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* Journaling or Journalling

In practice, journaling is whatever you want it to be. Underneath, it’s the gateway to recording life, experiencing all manner of emotions and uncovering parts of yourself you never thought existed.

Find Your Middle Ground

Whichever way to spell it…. I admit that I was very reluctant to start journaling myself – I thought it was for people with lots of time and a leaning towards poetry … and American teenage girls… not me at all! It turned out that I was being too quick to judge.

Woman journaling

You can buy yourself a beautifully bound notebook to capture your personal experiences and insights in writing, set up a WordPress blog with this intention 😉 or simply open a document on your computer to allow you to capture all the things going on in your head or to vent your frustrations.

Journaling is about taking what is in your head and heart and putting it in writing.

No matter how you choose to do it, it can be powerful and beneficial!

 The Benefits
  • Research shows that writing about stressful life experiences boosts our emotional health and also…

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Teacher training: a waste of time?

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Teacher training: a waste of time?

I have been teaching for over 40 years.
In my view, teacher training courses are crucial for improving my teaching. I have been participating in many of them. As a lifelong learner, I feel I need to make a statement that it has always been a challenge, pleasure and a great fulfillment.
I have learnt a lot.
Nowadays I am doing some online courses for Teachers.
Teaching with Technology
Micro Teaching in Pairs
Teaching in a Virtual Class
Moodle MOOC 7 Moodle for Teachers training course
Courses are delivered by Dr. Nellie Deutsch @ Integrating Technology
http://www.integrating-technology.org/course/index.php?categoryid=115

Oxford University Press

Group of teachers working togetherGraham Hall is editor of ELT Journal and works at Northumbria University in the UK, where he teaches on Northumbria’s MA in Applied Linguistics for TESOL and MA TESOL programmes.

It is fair to say that teacher training is one of the central pillars of ELT. Anyone who attends an ELT conference is likely to hear about teacher training in one way or another – maybe in a talk or presentation, or maybe through marketing information and advertising. If we browse through an ELT book catalogue, we will find texts which discuss teacher training. The International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) has a Special Interest Group focused on Teacher Training and Education. ELT Journal publishes articles about it. And, of course, the majority of teachers have experienced some teacher training at some point, maybe on a pre-service course before taking up a job, or maybe…

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