Let me start by introducing myself. My name is Neil and I’m an English teacher. I am fortunate enough to have a job that I love and enjoy! Every day is different and every day brings different rewards and challenges. I don’t earn a huge salary, but the rewards of doing my job more than make up for that! I teach at the tertiary level in Japan, but I have taught pretty much all different age groups in my career. I have friends that teach young learners in Europe. I have other friends that teach adults in the Middle East. In fact, I know teachers all around the world.
Over the last few years, I have started to notice something. That something is that regardless of what context or age group we teach, we teachers all have one thing in common. We are all very, very busy! We don’t only teach our students. Many of my non-teacher friends think I just rock up to class and talk! We have a multitude of other tasks that make up our daily routine. These can include administrative duties, meetings, counselling, grading, and prepping classes. I have teacher friends that would do almost anything to save a few hours so they can give a little extra feedback on that writing assignment, take time to chat to a colleague, or even, go home early one day!
This blog is designed for all the busy teachers out there. A while back, a friend and I started a free online reading practice website called dreamreader.net. This site now has hundreds of free and original graded readings. We designed the site to be easily accessible, so busy teachers could drop by and quickly find content that was suitable for their learners.
We hope this blog will help busy teachers save a little more time! We understand that although our free readings are useful, you couldn’t teach a 90 minute speaking class with just these materials. So, what we will aim to do is to use this blog to guide you through how to build a lesson around the free readings we have on the site. We’ll even put up a printable version of each lesson with audio and a power point to use in class. In each blog we will take a reading and build a different kind of lesson for you. We’ll start next month with a blog about how you can use our free materials to teach a writing class. As for this month, please click on the link and you will get a free printable PDF, a power point, and an audio file to help you teach an English lesson about recycling. http://dreamreader.net/lesson/recycling/
I hope you find this useful. Please feel free to let us know if you have any suggestions for what kind of lessons you teach and the level you teach. We’re pretty good at adapting our materials for different kinds of classes and skills. I hope you come back and read the blog next month!