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My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

Trinity GESE Grade 5. The holy grail ..

CEFR B1.1

“The true elementary level.” (6 / 12)

Structure

A 10 minute, 1:1 interview with a Trinity examiner.

1. Greetings

  • Say hello and show your ID. Give the examiner a copy of your topic form for the topic phase.
  • Make eye contact with the examiner.
  • Smile.
  • Answer the examiner’s introductory questions.
  • Listen to the examiner’s description of the exam.

2. Discussion

(Up to) 5 minutes discussion on a topic chosen by the candidate.

  • The examiner asks questions and makes comments on at least four points from the topic form to facilitate a spontaneous discussion.
  • The candidate must ask the examiner at least one question.

  • Pick a topic you are really interested in that is different from your classmates.
  • Make sure you do your research and have lots of things to say about your topic.
  • Make sure you know a wide range of vocabulary related to your topic.
  • Ask questions to the examiner about your topic.
  • Listen to the examiner’s questions carefully so that you make natural, appropriate contributions that incorporate language of the grade.

Avoid

  • Memorising / Recitation. You will not pass if you do this!

3. Conversation

(Up to) 5 minutes conversation on 2 subject areas chosen by the examiner from the following list:

A 1:1 genuine exchange of information, ideas and opinions.

4. Thank you and goodbye

4. Phonology

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

Speaking Aloud and Loving Yourself

Creative and inspirational activities to encourage students to practice and develop listening, understanding and communication skills.

Self-presentation, body language, voice, projection, phonology, intonation, volume, direction. Sustaining confidence and attention. How to go about it if you’re shy.

These sessions will inspire you to find new and creative ways to get your message across.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

Ten pedagogies .. or more? Active Reflection on Teaching and Learning

Differentiation, co-operative learning, modelling, experiential learning, assessment for learning, embedding language and literacy, e-learning and technology, theory versus practice, learning conversations, multi-sensory learning .. ? This session will support you in actively reflecting on your own practice for personal and professional learning and development.

In this session you will

  • learn to recognise a range of pedagogic styles and their uses.
  • recognise your own preferred styles and develop strategies to expand your repertoire.
  • develop a plan to increase confidence in adopting teaching and learning strategies and activities that are appropriate to the specific needs of your learners.

Format: This is an active session where teachers will reflect on and assess their own classroom practice and, in collaboration with other teachers, develop resources and activities to use in the classroom to enhance the learning and teaching experience for all.
Participants: This session is for teachers of all subjects. Participants need to be willing to reflect critically on their own practice and be interested in developing new strategies to support their students’ learning and development.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

 Vocabulary Expansion and Development

Using cross-curriculum subject-specific texts and other resources, you will learn and develop a number of different strategies and activities to support students in learning new vocabulary in a bi-lingual or multi-lingual environment.

In this session you will

  • learn active strategies for vocabulary learning skills and lexical expansion.
  • develop subject specific resources for your own teaching.
  • select subject specific resources to actively direct students’ vocabulary learning.
  • understand the important elements of English language vocabulary learning (spelling, pronunciation, organisation of lexical sets, etc).
  • receive free resource templates to create specific vocabulary development activities.

Format:  A review of vocabulary learning strategies and activities adaptable to chosen specific students and subject areas. Using models and templates, participants will develop resources and activities to support learners’ vocabulary learning and lexical expansion.
Participants: This session is for teachers of all subjects who want to support students in accessing and developing the lexical skills required to thrive in a multi-lingual or bi-lingual learning environment.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

Active, Intelligent and Meaningful (AIM) Reading in English

This session will make you more confident in selecting and creating accessible texts and using stimulating activities to support learners to develop English language reading skills across all subject areas.

In this session you will

  • learn active strategies for dealing with texts in the classroom.
  • develop subject specific resources for your own teaching.
  • understand the reasons why your students find reading difficult.
  • learn how to assess the ‘readability’ of texts for your students (topic, length, language, etc).
  • understand how embedding language skills development into subject learning is useful.
  • receive free resource templates to create specific classroom reading activities.

Format: Guided activities investigating the processes involved in accessing, reading and understanding English language texts.  Using models and templates, participants will collaborate and develop activities and resources for use in all learning environments.
Participants: This session is for teachers of all subjects who want to develop their skills in supporting learners to access English language texts in arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities and other curriculum subject areas.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

The Cardboard Library sessions are creative writing development sessions.

Participants are led through a series of stimulating journeys, both real and virtual, which form the catalyst for poetry, flash fiction and short story writing. The products from these sessions are collated and presented by The Safe House as The Cardboard Library, a hand-made occasional ‘magazine’ and book series showcasing new creative writing talent.

These sessions are part-writing, part-book-making sessions. A particular combination of personal qualities, skills and knowledge is required to participate successfully in these sessions.

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If you are interested in participating in these sessions, either as an attendee or facilitator, or both (!), just go here and we will get back to you with details of how to be involved.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

To help you make sure it doesn’t end up like this ..

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My Name Is Not SIr and Pre* join forces to support you in your job search.

We can help you to:

  • sign on, fulfil requirements and access appropriate Job Centre funding and support
  • search and research opportunities that are right for you
  • plan a job-hunting strategy
  • write a personalised and focused CV, statement or letter
  • apply and pass assessment tests
  • do well at interview
  • start the job well

My Name Is Not SIr – “Let me take you to a better place.”

For support  in your job search go here.

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

The Illusion Learning Sessions encourage participants to assess the situation, plan action and start getting things done. 

Activities in the sessions lead participants on a journey of self-discovery and personal reflection in preparation for learning.

Through the Illusion Learning Sessions, participants acquire and develop skills, knowledge and personal qualities to tackle the challenges of learning and life.

The Illusion Learning Sessions can be done randomly or strategically. Ideally, they will be accessed in conjunction with other learning so that the content of this learning can be applied to the activities in the Illusion Learning Sessions.

Click the links to access summaries and sample sessions.

Knowledge is Power (1)
Knowledge is Power (2)
The Elephant Sessions
The Edson Erantes do Nascimento Sessions

My Name Is Not Sir

March 4, 2020

Sessions are described online. Some have more detail than others. Experience suggests that ‘face to face’ is usually best. There are so many options and permutations! The distinction between Sessions for Students and Sessions for Teachers and Facilitators is quite ‘blurry’.

Click on the session titles to access summaries and sample materials.

Interested representatives of schools, colleges and other organisations are advised to contact My Name Is Not Sir by e-mail at michaellynch50@rocketmail.com.

Sessions for Students:

The English Language Sessions

The Flash Fiction Writing Sessions

The College and Uni Application Sessions

The Job Hunt Sessions

The Cardboard Library Sessions

Sessions for Teachers and Facilitators:

The AIM Reading Sessions

The Vocabulary Expansion and Development Sessions

The Active Reflection on Teaching Sessions

The Dealing with Writing Sessions

The Speaking Aloud and Loving Yourself Sessions

The Cardboard Library Sessions

My Name Is Not Sir

March 3, 2020

The Learning and Skills Drop-in (LSD) Sessions focus on the development of language, literacy and learning skills and strategies, whether for achievement in national and international qualifications, to enhance potential for employment or university application, or for personal development and change.

The sessions take place in 1:1, pairs or small groups and form short, medium and longer term personal language, literacy and learning skills programmes.

Some of the sessions available through LSD (Learning and Skills Drop-In) with The Safe House are:

The Bookcase Sessions – How to choose a book that’s right for you.
The Aikido Flex Sessions – Introduction to a writing process.
The Elephant Sessions – Ways of taking notes and revising stuff.
The Duck-Rabbit Sessions – Intensive proofreading for accuracy and meaning.
The Order from Chaos Sessions – Strategies for planning learning and beating deadlines.
The Twelve Bar Blues Sessions – Learning to learn through music.
The Murakami Sessions – Ways of studying and enjoying literature.

Interested in more information?

If you are interested in booking or participating in these sessions and programmes or if you would like to discuss developing your own sessions with us, fill in the form below and we will get back to you with details of how to be involved.

My Name is Not Sir. We can take you to a better place.