This book is dedicated to all the people who are or have ever been students of a foreign language, in any classroom, around the entire world. The learning of a foreign language is a long, slow, labor-intensive process, requiring enthusiasm, motivation, dedication and perseverance, over many years.
Beware of anyone who would have you believe that English, or any language for that matter, can be learned in 3 weeks, 3 months, or even 3 years. They are not to be trusted, for the learning of a foreign language is never complete. It takes a lifetime of learning…
I believe there are 4 things every teacher of English should know:
1. The Mother Tongue
2. Educational Leadership
3. The National English Test
I therefore set out in this book to bring these four topics together, in sequential fashion. The “Mother Tongue” responds to research that says teaching English, in English, is how we get our best results. “Educational Leadership” fills a gap by raising our awareness of our individual leadership capacity, while the “National English Test” is how we are currently defining the quality of our teaching on a collective, national level. Finally, “Connectivism”, as a theory of learning for a digital age, gives a view of what the future holds up as a promising way forward in ELT pedagogy.
I am sure you will be enriched by the reading of this book. Forgive me if I am mistaken. I hope you enjoy the journey of discovery that lies before you….