November 12th, 11:30 – 12:30 local time Bucharest, Romania
Have you ever learnt to sky-dive?
If you have, you may recall receiving this instruction…
“Immediately after you pull the rip cord, shout out at the top of your lungs ONE THOUSAND, TWO THOUSAND, THREE THOUSAND – CHECK!!!! When you shout ‘CHECK!’, tilt your head back and look above your head. If you see your parachute canopy opening, relax and enjoy the ride. If you don’t, reach for your reserve parachute rip cord and pull it. Repeat. If you see your reseerve parachute canopy opening, relax and enjoy the ride…
If you don’t, relax anyway, because it will all be over before you know it.”
Macabre as the punchline is, there is actually a great deal of sense in this short lesson – both for novice sky-divers and for teachers of all levels of experience. In this session, we will look at wait-time and why it matters, not only for clarity of communication, especially online, but also for the impact and effectiveness of the questions teachers ask in class. We will work on developing patience and a sense of time, as well as working on effectively exploiting the contributions that – hopefully – our students have more space to make as a result.
I am a teacher and teacher-trainer based in Germany. I work mainly as a Cambridge CELTA Assessor and Tutor, a Cambridge DELTA Module 2 Tutor, a Trinity DipTESOL Online Tutor, reviewer and presenter for ELT publishers, and translator. I am professionally interested in minimalist approaches to teaching such as Dogme ELT, and have volunteered for teacher’s associations nationally and worldwide. In the past, I have also been a Cambridge Speaking Examiner, barman, fencing coach, librarian, and security guard. In my spare time, I enjoy running, cycling, and occasionally dipping a toe in the water.