Six Things Coming this Fall on Six Things

It’s been a nice long summer here at Six Things and although there have not been any posts since July I have not been idle. Actually, I have been extremely idle and only now I’m getting ready for a second “season” of Six Things lists on my blog. In the spirit of the fall season of new television series I thought I would give a “trailer” of what is coming over the next few months at this blog.

1. Stellar guest lists

What better way to launch the season premiere than with a special guest post? In the pipeline I have guest pieces coming from the “images” man in ELT Ben Goldstein, the “queen of the blog comments” Sara Hannam and none other than the great Jeremy Harmer himself!

2. The results of the poll

Yes, all this summer the votes have been trickling in and I’m just about ready to release the greatest of all controversial lists: the most influential people in ELT today. If enough people react strongly to this one (like they did on Twitter when I started the poll) then I may do other typical internet lists: ELT’s sexiest people, ELT’s greatest presenters … Anyway, there is still a little time to make your voice heard in this event, so vote now!

3. More lists of ideas and teaching tips

The “open-source” materials and ideas generator will continue here at Six Things. I’ve just been working on six ways to learn and remember students’ names for example, and there will be of course the topical teaching ideas. Even though someone suggested it to me I can’t really bring myself to do a Six Ways to Exploit Michael Jackson’s Untimely Death but there will be other topical things to look forward to.

4. Country-related lists

I’ve updated my Upcoming Talks page, and this fall I’ll be in Romania, Hungary, France and Italy. I’m sure at least one of these places will be the subject of a Six Things about Teaching in … piece.

5. Language-related lists

Another category I want to boost on the site is the language-related lists. I’ve got a list of video game terms that all young learners will know (after watching my own children on the Playstation this summer), plus something on new acronyms. Additionally, a good friend of mine has just co-written a dictionary of new English slang and I’m trying to convince him to give me six “hot new” expressions or slang terms. There will be others too.

6. A blatant plug

In January 2010 I’ve got a new book coming out. What, I ask you, is the point of having a blog you maintain and do for free if you can’t use it to promote your own book? Don’t worry, I won’t be “ramming it down your throats” but you can expect a blatant sales plug at some point or other on here.

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  1. A tasty selection to get your TEFL buds watering indeed. I beat you to it on one of them, but 6 is probably a much better number!

    http://edition.tefl.net/ideas/teaching/learning-students-names/

    • Thanks Alex. Great minds huh? I figured I wouldn’t be the only one doing a “name” gambit on the net, and I will refer my readers back to your extended list if they want more!

  2. I love your Six Things posts and I can’t wait for them to begin again. The ideas for your future posts sound fabulous!

    I adapted and personalised some of your Six Things posts with my groups of Primary school teachers from all over the world during the summer in Oxford and they (the concepts) went down a treat.

    Many thanks in anticipation.

    Janet

    • Thanks Janet, that’s just given me renewed enthusiasm to prepare more posts in advance!

  3. I’m looking forward to new things, too. What about a Six Things thingy on the worst six Oasis songs?!

    • Oasis?! I could do Six things I hate about those guys… but I can’t find the ELT angle. Thanks for dropping by Sandy, btw… bet you’re eager to see the results of the poll now too 🙂

  4. Hi Lindsay,

    Just a note to say thank you for you Introduction to TEFL Blogs which I attended on Saturday. It was exactly the right catalyst that I needed to entice me into the world of TEFL Blogs as opposed to the standard TEFL websites. Also by posting this comment you will know that I not only listened to your presentation but have taken action as a direct result! Keep up the good work!

    Regards,
    James

    • Hiya James! Well, welcome to the blogosphere and thanks for leaving a comment on mine. Enjoy, and see you around out here!


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