Developing Academic Skills by Promoting Critical thinking and Elaboration

I would like to share my experience of giving a plenary workshop for about a hundred conference participants. I presented at BKC IH Annual Conference on 24 April and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and reflections with you. The idea was to offer a framework for teachers who want to help their … Continue reading Developing Academic Skills by Promoting Critical thinking and Elaboration

Teaching Competence

Inspired by ‘What makes a great teacher’ video by Jo Gakonga, I decided to contemplate why teachers consistently work on their professional development. Although it’s incredibly difficult to pin down and come up with a concise definition, one of the components of a good teacher must be their professional competence, i.e. a good awareness of … Continue reading Teaching Competence

Using Mnemonics for Self-Reflection

Mnemonic /nɪˈmɒnɪk/ is a word of Greek origin, which basically means a learning technique, a trick like a poem or a sentence, or visual aid that can help you organise, retain and remember information, such as a rule, a sequence or just a name, by retrieving it without a delay. As a teacher trainer I … Continue reading Using Mnemonics for Self-Reflection

Enhancing communication skills

Being inspired by a book I read recently I’ve decided to share some tips for those who want to improve their communication skills. In my opinion, effective communication is a must for those who work with people, which means that it applies to both teachers and teacher trainers. We are supposed to listen to our … Continue reading Enhancing communication skills

Are you motivated enough to give online lessons?

running group classes The topic of motivation is popular if not ubiquitous. Today I want to discuss whether it’s necessary to take risks and try out something new. For example, many teachers go online at the moment. The possible reasons for shifting from offline lessons might be the following: due to the unprecedented circumstanceit’s natural … Continue reading Are you motivated enough to give online lessons?

Benefits of Me Time

The idea of 'mindfulness' keeps going up and up, making us contemplate our work-life balance, which is really hard to achieve, especially if you have to work long hours and cope with an unfriendly timetable. Haven't you felt worn out? The way I see it, in present rapid pace of life we get a lot … Continue reading Benefits of Me Time

Review of the Story of English in 100 words

According to David Crystal we can tell the story of the English language by either identifying trends within the key developmental periods such as Old English, Middle English, Modern English or by exploring several language items. He has created a list of words that present a specific trend in the language development in his book … Continue reading Review of the Story of English in 100 words

In-house Training Sessions

Our BKC teachers attend monthly seminars. They can also volunteer and deliver seminars themselves.⠀ There are about six parallel sessions each month so teachers may choose the most appealing topics according to their teaching context and personal preferences. We try to balance very practical sessions against inputs on advanced methodology so that more experienced and … Continue reading In-house Training Sessions

BKC IH Teacher Training Conference 2020

There are many conferences but this one is really worth attending. Our experts with considerable expertise will help you learn something new, share what you know and get inspired. Have a look at our list of speakers and the variety of topics to see who is eager to come and join us at Moscow Teacher … Continue reading BKC IH Teacher Training Conference 2020

Looking for the best teaching method

I often hear from teachers that they are using their own method of teaching or some of them may say that they prefer Communicative Language Teaching. However, it seems that we often rely on so-called principled eclecticism, which is a hotchpotch of some well-known approaches. In this article I am going to remind you of … Continue reading Looking for the best teaching method