Thursday, March 15, 2018

Personal and professional language development

This post displays Google slides [and references] from part two of the PIGATE gathering on March 10, 2018. The presenter's blurb for the program that day read:
In this workshop, participants will make, share, and refine self-assessments, then project and reflect on goals and resources for additional personal and professional language development.
(PIGATE meeting agendas, 2018.03.10)

To find out about what ensued, please ask one or more of the language teachers who took part, ...

... or post questions in comments on this post, where all of the participants can respond.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The PIGATE Blog's new look

Wondering, you may be, ...

... what happened to the PIGATE Blog. 

Well, it got a facelift today—a new theme chosen for simplicity and readability, and vetted with contributors.

We hope you like the new look, and welcome feedback in comments or reactions on this post.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New presentation resources on the LTD Project Wiki

Here are two of three of today's additions to LTD Project Wiki, SpeakingPresenting page:

Prezi. (2017.07.05). Harvard researchers: Prezi is more engaging, persuasive, and effective than PowerPoint [weblog post]. Retrieved January 17, 2018, from
  • This weblog post summarised Harvard researchers ... findings (Moulton, Türkay, & Kosslyn, 2017; above).

Prezi. (2018 [n.d.]). The science of effective presentations [webpage]. Retrieved January 17, 2018, from

  • This infographic-style web page represented Prezi-related findings summarised in Harvard researchers ... (Prezi, 2017.07.05; above).

The third addition was the research paper by Moulton, Türkay, & Kosslyn (2017).

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

TESOL Electronic Village Online workshop for teachers of young learners

This post is to point out a free, five-week long, online workshop for teachers of young learners—one of many such offerings in TESOL International's Electronic Village Online (EVO) program for 2018.

Teaching EFL to Young Learners
Participants of Teaching EFL to Young Learners TEFL2YL EVO18 will learn about and create activities for English to Young Learners and Teens from around the world using storytelling, board games, action songs, and limited resource classroom activities. ...

Registration starts on [Jan 8, and the _program_ starts] Jan 14, 2018. 

If you have a yen for online networking and distance learning, and will have a bit of time to spare between mid-January and February next year, I highly recommend looking into this and other upcoming EVO workshops. 
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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Teachers' resource book in the KGU library

One of the last times we met in the KGU library, the title on the spine of a book (Shin & Crandall, 2014) caught my eye. So I pulled it out to take a peek. It's in the syllabus corner on the first floor: 

KGU OPAC catalog listing (English)
KGU OPAC catalog listing (Japanese)
Here's a preview of the table of contents:

  • Preface
  • About the Authors
  • Chapter 1: Teaching English to Young learners around the World: An Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Basic Principles of Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
  • Chapter 3: Contextualizing Instruction: Creating Thematic Units and Lesson Plans
  • Chapter 4: Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • Chapter 5: Teaching Reading and Writing
  • Chapter 6: Storytelling
  • Chapter 7: Assessment
  • Chapter 8: Classroom Management
  • Chapter 9: Twenty-First-Century Skills in Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL)
  • Chapter 10: Professional Development
  • Worksheets
  • Index
(Source: National Geographic Learning, English Language Teaching, 
Product Information, More, Table of Contents, 
retrieved 2017.11.01)

Would you like to have a go at reviewing it for a future newsletter? If so, please send us a heads-up either in a comment on this post or in a message to our Google Group.


Shin, J. K, & Crandall, J. (2014). Teaching Young Learners English: From Theory to Practice. Boston, MA: National Geographic Learning.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Webinar recordings and related resources

Here's a window into a Google spreadsheet in which there's an in-progress list of teacher development websites with webinar recordings and related resources:

If you have recommendations for additions, please mention them the next time we meet, or point them out in comments on this post.

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Teachers rock–everyday!

"Better than a thousand days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher." — Japanese proverb

Quotation source: [U.S.] National Educational Association, 
Quotes about Teaching (2017.05.09)
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