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Do our Empathy in Language Teaching Online Course in June

Join Kieran Donaghy on our Empathy in Language Teaching online course this June. Explore why empathy is particularly important in language teaching and how empathy can be developed among both language teachers and learners. Course description Get exclusive video lectures, handouts and articles. A 3-week online course with continual support at every stage and detailed […]

Do our Film and Video in Language Teaching Online Course in April

You can join Kieran Donaghy on the online version of our most popular course Film and Video in Language Teaching this April. Explore principles and possibilities for exploiting film and video in your classroom. Find out how we can use visual narratives to get out students listening, thinking, writing, speaking and collaborating.     Get […]

Seven Characteristics of Profoundly Empathic Teachers

Empathy has been defined by Roman Krznaric as ‘the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions’ (Krznaric, 2014, p. x). Empathy and high-quality relationships are central to all successful learning and development (Gkonou & Mercer, 2017). However, in language […]

Seven Short Films to Introduce Values in the Language Classroom

In an increasingly hyper-competitive and individualised world where isolation and loneliness are more and more prevalent, the role of universal values such as altruism, authenticity, community, compassion, creativity, determination, fairness, honesty, generosity, kindness, optimism, respect, responsibility, self-respect, tolerance, and wisdom in education is becoming increasingly important. Short films are a wonderful and engaging medium through which […]

Seven Short Films to Promote Empathy in the Language Classroom

Empathy, which has been beautifully defined by Roman Krznaric as “the art of stepping imaginatively into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide your actions”, may be one of the qualities which distinguishes an average teacher from an excellent teacher in the eyes of the student. I […]

Seven Short Animated Films for the Language Classroom

Kieran Donaghy, Director of the School for Training, writes about silent short animated films for the English language classroom. Animated films are ones in which individual drawings, paintings, or illustrations are photographed frame by frame. Traditionally animated films have been associated with children, however, nowadays they are designed to appeal to everyone. With the increased […]

Seven Silent Short Films for the Language Classroom

As many short films are artistic, they have limited appeal in the commercial marketplace and are funded from diverse sources. To make them easier to sell worldwide, they often contain little or no dialogue, which makes comprehension much easier. As a result, they offer intensely ‘filmic’ experiences, using images and movement, sequence and duration, sound […]

Seven Simple Novels for English Language Students

Kieran Donaghy, Director of the School for Training, writes about simple novels for English language students. The many benefits of extensive reading include gains in reading and writing competence, oral and aural skills, vocabulary growth, and increases in self-esteem and empathy.   It is also highly motivating for students to discover that they can read […]

Seven Benefits of Extensive Reading for English Language Students

Kieran Donaghy, Director of the School for Training, writes about the benefits of Extensive Reading for English language students.   What is extensive Reading?   In simple terms Extensive Reading is reading as many easy books as possible for pleasure, and can be contrasted with intensive reading which is slow, careful reading of a short, […]

Seven Factors to Consider When Teaching Older Students

Kieran Donaghy, Director of the School for Training, writes about teaching older adults learners I taught older students (from about 55 to 85 years of age) for over ten years. I loved teaching them because of their enthusiasm, motivation, positive attitude and kindness. I’ve recently produced a short film about some of my older learners […]

Seven Short Films for the English Language Classroom

I’ve been writing lesson plans designed around short films for my website Film English for over 12 years. Teachers often ask me how I find the short films I use in my lesson plans. The answer is quite simple: I’ve watched literally thousands of short films and developed an instinct for the type of engaging […]
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