Sunday, December 30, 2012

EFL teaching Terminology: Principled Eclecticism

By Teacher Trainer & EFL Teacher Fathi Bouguerra

 « It is obvious that we are not likely to find one method that will suit all learners, all teachers and all occasions »

    Doug Brown used the term principled eclecticism and Diane Larsen Freeman chose “informed eclecticism”. That is a teacher has to be informed and once informed has to choose wisely from among the available practices to create her own unique blend that would be appropriate for her own personality and teaching style, for her own student and the circumstances in which the teaching is taking place.

    Eclecticism came after years of reflection on different trends in language teaching. It appeared in a period when English teachers have discovered that no single teaching method deals with every thing that concerns the form, the use and the content of the target language.

    An eclectic teacher has to be cooperative because the more we share and communicate with each other the richer we become in our knowledge and the more successful in our practice. She has also to be funny because when students laugh they can learn better. In other words the use of humour makes the classroom atmosphere more pleasant, increases interaction between teacher and student and there fore makes learning more enjoyable.

     “We shouldn’t colonize others with our methods, but it seems to me that teachers can make up their own minds in the best for all worlds”
     D. L. Freeman

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Critical Reading of the 2012 Bac Exam Results

The CREFOC, Sidi Bouzid, hosted two workshops organized and presented by ELT inspectors, Mohamed Salah ABIDI and Belgacem HAMDI on November the 24th, 2012. Mr. ABIDI and Mr. HAMDI invited the 4th Year EFL teachers in the area of Sidi Bouzid to participate in a critical reading and scrutiny of the  2012 Bac Exam results. The two-session workshops, which started at 9 am till 12.30, began with PowerPoint presentations detailing the results in the schools of the area of Sidi Bouzid. This was followed by a discussion of the factors that had led to the success and those that may explain the failure. The second part of the workshops focused on the teachers' comments and their suggestions concerning the 2012 test and the possible ways to improve the results in the future.
You can access the slides and doc files here:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The 7th Issue of The Tunisian ELT Forum Magazine

First of all, we would like to wish everyone a happy and successful new school year.
We are getting ready for the seventh issue of The Tunisisan ELT Forum Magazine and we would like your help with two things:
1-We would like to know your suggestions relating to the topic(s) to be covered in the next issue by taking the poll on the left.
2-We would be more than pleased to see your contributions after the vote is closed (The poll will end by the 30th of September 2012).
Thank you so much for taking the time to vote, for your unfailing support and invaluable contributions!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Resources for TEFL Teachers

Hi. I've just found this website about Grammar, that you might find interesting.

It is a creative, fun and original way of presenting the rules of grammar to your students.
And what I like most is that it TALKS, so it provides a good way for your students to improve their speaking and listening skills as well.
If you have any good resources to share, please post them in the comments and we will put them together in a future post with your name next to your suggestion. Remember, sharing is caring :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

"TESOL International Convention Philadelphia 2012" , a new blog by Faten Romdhani

Mrs. Romdhani has just launched a great-looking blog,,  to talk about her attendance at the TESOL Convention in Philadelphia from the 28th of March till the 1st of April, and to share insights and ideas with EFL teachers from all over the world. The blog is colorful and elegant and what is more it is a new space for teachers of English from all over the world to keep in touch with a very active, resourceful and great EFL teacher; Mrs. Romdhani. Congratulations!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Jason R. Levine In Tunisia

English Language Specialist Jason Levine will be in Tunisia from April the 18th to May the 1st.
"Jason R. Levine is currently the Academic Director of CAMPUS Education, an English language school with multiple centers in the U.S. and overseas. Endowed with fourteen years of experience as a teacher, trainer, and creator of educational materials, Jason has worked with teachers and young learners of English in many parts of the world."
Jason was our special guest for the 6th issue of The Tunisian EFL Forum. You can read the interview here: Interview with Jason R. Levine .
You can also check Jason's Facebook page,  FluencyMC .
For more information about Jason's workshops in Tunisia, please contact Public Diplomacy Assistant Hafedh Zanina at

Note: We would like to thank our friend & colleague Anissa for sending us the above details.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The 6th issue of Tunisian ELT Forum is online!

We are proud to announce that the sixth issue of The Tunisian English Language Teaching Forum is online.
In this issue, you can read an article about teaching critical reading in the EFL classroom by our veteran colleague and regular contributor to the magazine, Hechmi Hamdi. We had the chance and we are eager to share the interview with the talented and resourceful teacher, teacher trainer, song and English material writer Jason R. Levine, aka FluencyMC. Noamen Amara shares yet another great article in which he thinks about and shares his views concerning lowering the age of English education. Our active and creative colleague, Anissa Ben Abdallah Ayari, shares great tips and ideas about enriching and getting the most out of the third hour with our students in preparatory schools. We also talk about online resources for teachers with a focus on online security and blogging.
We thank all of our contributors who didn't spare effort and time to create this issue of the magazine!
Enjoy and share! 


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