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Take a break. You?ve earned it.
Dear Teacher, I just wanted to say well done! You made it to the end of the 2018! I have always found the winter term to be the longest and the hardest of all to get through. Even when I... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Sat, 22 Dec 2018 12:00:19 +0000

Christmas Lesson Activities ? Part 2
Last week, I shared four Christmas themed activities to use with your class, either as separate activities, or as a single lesson. This week, I’m doing that again! Here’s five activities for you to use with your classes. As with... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:00:39 +0000

Christmas Lesson Activities ? Part 1
As Christmas is just around the corner, here are four of my favourite activities to do with a class. These are not age or ability specific, as I tend to use them with whichever groups I’m working with that year... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:00:34 +0000

Fake News ? and the Present Simple
This is a variation on the Truth or Lie activity that you all probably know and love. The original is a nice way of getting students to practice using the present simple, essentially the teacher dictates / writes on the... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Tue, 04 Dec 2018 12:00:14 +0000

The rise of AI and ELT
In my first teaching job, 16 years ago and a continent away, we had a prospective student walk into the school to do a placement test. He spoke to a colleague about what he wanted and told her he had... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:00:50 +0000

Sounds Good ? a sound effects lesson for Present Continuous
I was working with an adult group last week on the difference between present simple (for habits and routines) and the present continuous (for actions happening “now”). What I have found, both on this occasion and in the past, is... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:00:06 +0000

The Ideology Gap
As teachers, we all have a good idea of what we should be doing when we walk into the classroom. We have been trained, mostly in fairly similar ways to each other, we are aware of pedagogical theories and philosophies... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:00:06 +0000

Great site for conversation classes
Running a conversation class can often be a difficult thing for teachers, especially if there is no syllabus or course plan to follow, or if the class has been going for a number of years with largely the same students... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:00:12 +0000

Back to the Blog!
It’s been a busy and interesting two years. I feel older and wiser, though I’m not sure how much anyone else would agree about the second part! For those who want to know, the last two years have been spent... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Thu, 01 Nov 2018 10:00:06 +0000

From Can?t to Can: changing thinking about exams #iatefl2017
Recently I was lucky enough to run a workshop at IATEFL Glasgow on helping students in language exam classes feel more confident in their abilities. As promised in the session, here are the slides from the session, which I re-titled... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:48:39 +0000