In Issue 82 of ETp, Adrian Underhill and Alan Maley put forward the suggestion that we, as English language teachers, are perhaps not placing enough importance on the ‘dark matter’ of teaching, that is to say the unpredictability of the classroom situation. In practice, lesson plans tend to act merely as a starting point, and the ‘real’ teaching exists in the teacher’s ability to improvise.
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- Let there be light
- Interview with Alan Maley | Liverpool Online: “The Dark Matter of Classrooms”
- The Dortmund Historical Corpus of Classroom English (DOHCCE)
- New Journal: Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE)
- Call for Papers: 25th DGFF Conference, Session 7: Textbooks and Classroom Interaction
- A Paradigm Shift in Language Teaching – at long last!
- InTASK Model Core Teaching Standards
- Unity in Diversity – For Foreign Language Learners, the Mother Tongue is the Mother of all Languages
- 25th Biennial DGFF Conference
- Managing Diversity in the EFL Classroom
- Culture-sensitive Learning and Teaching in the Foreign Language Classroom
- 6th Biennial UC Language Consortium Conference in San Diego
- The Top 100 Language Learning Blogs Competition
- EmMeth 2012 – A Quick Look Back
- The ACTFL Decade of Standards Report
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Important PapersThe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Standards for Foreign Language Learning / Executive Summary
ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012
MLA Report 2007: Foreign Languages and Higher Education
The Intercultural Competences Developed in Compulsory Foreign Language Education in the European Union
National German Standards for Teaching English and French
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