The GIST: The Generally Interesting Subject Trap. We fall into that trap when writing learning material for language courses that only have the learners speaking, writing or reading without ever really exploring how language is used in a specific context. The GIST is sprung when we spend more time on the issue than on the language issues.


This 6-minutes-or-so Pedagogical Quickie could very well be used to start a pedagogical conversation with colleagues. Though the presentation addresses a subject that is more often present in language courses, the conversation could be relevant for teachers and pedagogical consultants of any subject matter.