Thursday, September 12, 2019

Teachers' Guide to Social Media

I've spent a bit of time this year cultivating my social media and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share some of the things I have learnt. I should stress that everything here is based on my personal experience and I'm not some kind of social media expert. But then again, who is?

For my site, roadtogrammar.com, I experimented with the following:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Pinterest
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
I was also involved to some extent with a social media campaign for the e-learning company I used to work for, so some of my experience derives from there, too.

Let me start with my most important advice: use a separate account from your personal account. And, in fact, use a separate account for each of your interests, so if you are into baking, politics and teaching, set up a Twitter account for each one. I see a lot of teachers posting about politics and it really puts people off. Similarly, people who follow you for your baking recipes aren’t interested in IELTS tips.

My personal goals for social media were threefold: 1) to gain and interact with followers, just for the fun of it 2) to share discussions with other teachers 3) to promote my website. After some experimentation, I decided on the following format, which I could use for vocabulary and grammar tips:





























Sunday, September 08, 2019

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Microlessons: Eating Verbs

Here is a new microlesson featuring seven specific action verbs for eating and drinking: chew, gulp, chomp, munch, wolf down, swallow and nibble.

http://www.roadtogrammar.com/microlessons/?1?aaw


Sample:


Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Vocab Presentation Set: The Supernatural (B1+)

Here is a set of 14 vocabulary items related to the supernatural.

It's designed for use with a smartboard, but students can also see it on their phones.

This set is suitable for high B1s and up.

URL:

http://roadtogrammar.com/vocabulary/supernatural/

Sample:




Microlesson: Smart and Stupid People

Here is a set of eight words used to describe smart and stupid people. The eight words are: intellectual, moron, genius, numbskull, bright ...