Checking Understanding – Part 2 – Concept Checking Questions (CCQs)

In part one, (see here), we established that when teaching, we may need to check students’ understanding of two main areas; instructions and language, and we explored why asking ‘Do you understand?’ is not a good way to check either of these things. Previously we discussed ICQs, (instruction Checking Questions), and now we are going …

Checking Understanding – Part 1, Instruction Checking Questions (ICQs)

In our everyday life outside the classroom, when we want to check if we have been understood, the most straightforward thing to do is simply ask ’Do you understand?’, or ‘Do you know what I mean?’. For the most part, people will tell us that they did or they didn’t. If they say they did, …

Collocation: What it is, and 9 activities to use in your classroom

In this post, we’re going to think about collocations, and look at some practical classroom activities we can use to help students communicate better through their use. Vocabulary or lexis? When we think about the teaching and learning of vocabulary, we tend to think about individual words. In many classrooms, students are encouraged to memorise …

Lesson planning – problems, problems…and solutions! Part 1

Especially in the early days of teaching, figuring out what is going to be problematic for students is one of the more challenging elements of lesson planning. If we haven’t had much exposure to students, we may feel like we are making wild guesses. In the first of two posts about potential problems and solutions, …