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“All the class cheat. And all the years cheat. The teachers don’t know, but they all cheat. Everybody cheats.” – Student X. ***** It came up in class after a discussion on honesty – so I started talking to all... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Tue, 09 Apr 2019 10:16:14 +0000

A lesson on Spam Emails
This is a lesson I have been doing with my advanced and proficiency classes for a couple of years, but I have only just got round to writing up for the blog. It works on both receptive and productive writing... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Mon, 01 Apr 2019 18:50:53 +0000

Ten to One ? a review and revision lesson / activity
This is a lesson that I used with my classes recently as a review before they did a progress test. It would also work pretty well as an impromptu cover class in an emergency! What I did: I looked through... Continue Reading →
Publ.Date : Wed, 27 Mar 2019 19:09:30 +0000

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