‘Speed chat’ for communicative competence

What is ‘speed chat’? One of the main principles of communicative language teaching is giving students opportunities  to speak in the target language. This can be difficult in large classes, and it can also be a challenge for students with limited language skills. An easy to implement strategy that works well across languages, sectors, topics and ability […]

Pie in the Skype?

Contrary to what many people might think about Japan, technology is not something that is embraced all too widely in education. So when an opportunity arose to engage in an online exchange with a junior high school in Japan, I jumped at the chance. After teacher visits to our school to strengthen relationships, multiple emails to ponder […]