thinking about language teaching

Some thoughts on giving feedback

This is a somewhat off the cuff post, having been asked by a UK based non-ELT teacher as to how ELT teachers tend to give feedback.  Obviously I can’t answer for the whole profession, but this is what I think... Continue Reading →

“All pedagogical art is bad art, but all good art is pedagogical.”

"All pedagogical art is bad art, but all good art is pedagogical." Discuss. It does sound like the prompt for an essay topic, possibly one of those nice balanced argument topics we ask our IELTS students to do, but it... Continue Reading →

Alphalists – promoting speaking

I was working with one of my exam classes last week and we were focused on Part 4 of the speaking when one of my students said that she always worried that she wouldn't have anything to say on the... Continue Reading →

Because it’s there! Coursebook Grammar.

Here are two quotes I found while looking through an old notebook: "I do it because I feel like if they've made a big deal of it, it must be important.""You never find mixed conditionals in First Certificate. It's just... Continue Reading →

Passive to Active Students

NOT a grammar post - this one's about online participation! The one thing I am struggling with at the moment, in the middle of all the online learning, is classroom management and student participation. I realise that we are now... Continue Reading →

Work it Out Business Idioms – Book Review

Do you know your arm and a leg from your elbow?  Do your students?  Having been teaching Business English and corporate clients for nearly 20 years now, one of the things I have often thought missing from BE coursebooks is... Continue Reading →

A Typical Day at the Homeschool

“Teacher.” Pause. “Teacher.” Pause. “Teacher.” Pause.  It is clear to me that the teacher is not listening or at least can’t hear my youngest, who is clearly desperate to communicate something. “Teacher.” Pause.”Teacher.”  And at last there must be some... Continue Reading →

Rediscovering PechaFlickr – Exam Speaking

PechFlickr is something I actually wrote about five years ago as a useful classroom tool for students who have to deal with pictures / imagery in their speaking exams.  I'm thinking here more about the Cambridge English: First & Advanced... Continue Reading →

Foodimals – A warmer

I can't completely claim the credit for this one, my daughter came up with the idea but I am shamelessly stealing it....  🙂 It's a game that we've been playing in the car - one person thinks of a food... Continue Reading →

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