Author Archives: Willy Cardoso

Willy Cardoso

About Willy Cardoso

Teacher, writer, blogger. Blog: Twitter: @willycard

Teacher training and development: Whose knowledge is it anyway? (part II)

My previous post raised the following question: How do we validate, or legitimate, the individualized knowledge we have about teaching? Answers:  Portfolios If you took a training course such as Trinity TESOL or CELTA, you must have had a portfolio … Continue reading

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Teacher training and development: Whose knowledge is it anyway? (part I)

What’s the difference in your development as a teacher between engaging in: Formal, assessed training Less formal workshops or INSET (in-service training) An ELT conference Planning a lesson Thinking about a lesson you taught, what worked and what didn’t. Reading … Continue reading

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Great resources for Conversation Classes

  Here’s a menu of lesson ideas, lesson plans, warmers, fillers, prompts, and more for EFL / ESL CONVERSATION CLASSES.   Starters Retelling very funny ads – I started the workshop with teachers doing this amazing activity designed by Ian James (@ij64). … Continue reading

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Classroom Dynamics – TESOL SPAIN 2012

  In a few days I’ll be in Bilbao for the much expected TESOL Spain 2012 – Annual Convention. The title of my talk is: Classroom Dynamics: decentralizing = engagement Day:  Saturday, 10 March.    Time: 18:15-19:15     Room: 005   I will also have … Continue reading

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Conversation Lessons – beyond chatting

On 6th March (next week already!), I’ll be hosting a discussion on conversation lessons as part of the SGI CPD Club. If you’re in or around London, would you like to join us? If you’re not able to be physically present, but … Continue reading

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Play as development: Vygotsky and teaching English to adults

I was reviewing an old notebook and came across the following quotation taken from L. S. Vygotsky’s Mind in Society. Could one suppose that a child’s behavior is always guided by meaning, that a preschooler’s behavior is so arid that … Continue reading

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Thinking in English or Translating it Fast?

I’ve heard many students say “I want to think in English” – haven’t you? In my first years of teaching I remember saying something like that to students too. Something like,”stop translating, you have to think in English.” Until some … Continue reading

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