Jim Scrivener

TEFL sniglets – ‘tiglets’

sniglet (noun): any word that should be in the dictionary, but isn’t. (Hall, 1983).

I’ve been watching some old sniglet sketches from Not Necessarily the News recently. This one is by far my favourite (sorry for lack of quality):

Call me a bit TEFL-obsessed, but I figured that somebody somewhere must’ve already made a list of TEFL-related sniglets, (tiglets, perhaps?). I’m sure there’s a list out there. I couldn’t find it, although I did stumble across a preview of an article for using sniglets in class…

Anyway, here are a few tiglets I came up with today during a whole morning of tech problems in the staffroom. This is the best use of my planning time this year…

aimbiguous = unclear lesson aims

clinical approach = the tendency to teach all new vocab/grammar using clines, whether appropriate or not. A variant, the inclinical approach, includes lines which steadily move up the board, normally due to poor control of the whiteboard marker

critteria = a bug on an assessment rubric

gistage = an unexpectedly long amount of time for a first listening task

ICQs = lines of teachers waiting outside a conference centre for the doors to open, normally in Siberia/Canada

morment = the sudden realisation during planning/teaching that you haven’t conveyed and checked meaning before highlighting form

PPP = starting a class in the knowledge that you need the toilet

rubricon /ˈru:brɪkɒn/ = assessment criteria for tasks about Italian rivers

rubricon /ru:bˈraɪkɒn/ = an icon in the world of writing assessment criteria

SLAting = criticising certain theorists, e.g. Krashen

subsi-diaries = a daily log book of all a teacher’s sub-aims used during the year

TEFAL = An English for Specific Purposes course for chefs.

Please share a sniglet, sorry, tiglet or two in the comments. If we start now we’ll have a whole Tiglets Annual by Christmas J

EFL Classroom Management Techniques

I contacted Cambridge University Press last month. I said ‘If you send me a book, I’ll scrivener.jpgreview it on my blog.’ To my surprise, a copy of Classroom Management Techniques by Jim Scrivener turned up in my pigeon hole at work. This was very generous of them, but it’s been out for a while and reviewed plenty of times so I’m not going to stick to my promise (sorry). Instead, I’m going to write a few different posts about sections in the book, choosing things that I agree with, new things I will definitely try out, and some things that I feel differently about as a practising teacher.

Two things I should say. First, you can find a good overview of the book here, and a nice review here. Secondly, the fact that I disagree with some things written in the book doesn’t mean I dislike it. We had a copy of it at my last school (don’t tell CUP I’ve read it already), and I think it’s great – actually I’d say it’s an essential book for any staffroom.

I’m starting with the final section in the book which is about lessons. The last 50 pages of Classroom Management Techniques offer tips and activities related to 10 different topics, which are: (more…)