Planning and Designing Stuff (Lessons and Courses)

Why is it, I ask myself, that when you are asked to do something you do on a regular basis, officially, suddenly you feel totally incapable of going ahead with it?

There are all these ideas whizzing round in your head but they just don’t seem to get from there to your word document or piece of paper! Weird, isn’t it? Or you are overcome by inspiration at the oddest times… don’t know about you but I have started carrying a notebook (with a cat on the cover) and a pen with me so as to jot down any ideas that creep up on me when I am least expecting them to.

Seriously, though, course planning is something that has never seemed difficult to me. I can ‘see’ the connections between the topics, skills, etc, however, I am finding it extremely challenging to write what it is I ‘see’. Good luck to me!

Useful reading on the topic- from my personal experience, feel free to disagree-

Graves, K. (1996). Teachers as Course Developers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Hedge, T. (2000). Teaching and Learning in the Language Classroom. Oxford: Oxford University Press

North, B., Angelova, M., Jarosz, E. & Rossner, R. (2018). Language Course Planning. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Nunan, D. (1988). Syllabus Design. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Richards, J.C. (2017) Curriculum Development in Language Teaching 2nd edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

It’s been a while…

…since I last posted here. I meant to in summer as I, we, had the opportunity of interviewing a very interesting old(ish) man on the history of #Piazzatorre in #ValBrembana in the #Alps where we usually go on holiday. As usual, I found ten billion other things to do and didn’t get round to transcribing the interview nor the talk we attended. I promise I will get it done before going up this year.

There have been a few changes in my life so I do have a relatively good bunch of excuses:

I was off sick last summer – mainly for my migraines- and decided to buy a house…as one does!

I’ve bought a house!

I got a promotion last month and am now overwhelmed with stuff that needs doing!

I’ve started studying something new (nope, not finished Delta. That’s planned for December). Challenging and different from what I’m used to.

Haven’t quite gone back to #running regularly but that’s the next thing to tick on my to-do list…along with regular blogging about ELT stuff that’s going round and round in my head.

Thought I’d start with this tonight.

Goodnight to you all!