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This is an episode from ‘Survival Strategies in TEFL’ by show host Dimitris Primalis. My gratitude for his kind invitation to speak on his LinkedIn Audio Event Series. Episode Description: “ELT Publishers have made great strides in producing innovative material to facilitate the comprehension and delivery of the English Language. Writing a textbook, however, is a complex procedure, one which entails a multitude of factors and research to achieve the desired result. How is a textbook written? What is the thought process that guides such an endeavor and what is the criteria to choosing the proper ELT books for your students?”

The Young and the Restless

Teaching a Junior Class for the First Time

Video Credits Max Fischer

by Katherine Reilly, Author | Teacher Trainer

Originally published by ELT NEWS, July 2022

It’s their first day of school, as your new pupils rush to their seats in anticipation of what they are going to do. Some are timider than the rest, while others literally have no clue as to the logic of their presence there. You can see the curiosity on their faces as to why they should attend yet another learning environment. The boldest of the bunch would eventually engage in small talk, or in some cases, fiddle with the items so eloquently displayed around them. Before long, the group is acquainted to its surroundings and that’s when you enter the classroom. Dead silence prevails and that awkward feeling of apprehension starts to sink in. You can literally feel the anticipation building up as their tiny eyes pierce through you. Careful what you do next; it will determine the outcome of the entire school year. You smile, introduce yourself, ask your students’ names and engage in a game.

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