This website is intended to stimulate dialogue, provoke thought, and (hopefully) generate a reflective comment or two from its readers. Most of us will agree that today’s classroom is immensely different from that of the second half of the 20th century. These ancient spaces were built with the idea that information is scarce and hard to find, while today the entire body of human knowledge is readily accessible through the nearest internet connection. It is this avalanche of data through which the students will need the skills to analyze and sift through in order to find relevant bits and pieces.
As long as English continues to grow in importance as a tool for global communication (and it is poised to do so despite shifting geopolitical factors), the teaching of it will also inevitably continue to change in order to “keep up with the times”. There is no need for students to feel they are going back in time the moment they enter a classroom. I will do my best to identify some of the current and emerging trends in teaching methodologies and I will also share with you my Qatar experiences. There are may exciting opportunities in this part of the world and I’ll be around here for quite some time, so please tune in frequently or sign up for updates. Of course, feel free to contact me if I can be of any direct assistance or if you would like to book a workshop or presentation.
Introducing John Cudak
Teaching became a passion for me when the opportunity of working at a Teacher Training College in Poland came up in 1992. During Poland’s transformation to a free market society, it was very easy for a native speaker to land a job teaching English. Since then I have changed from a textbook-only “teacher robot” to a language and culture “animator”. Naturally, this does not mean that I have forgotten about the nuts and bolts of learning English – I still understand the value of proper grammar, but, from a practical point of view, I prefer to concentrate on effective communication. In this way, I have helped many students who had excellent theoretical language skills, but they felt uncomfortable actually using the language (which is a bit like having like having a beautiful automobile, but not being afraid to drive).