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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 →

Speaking Exams in Masks


It is the time of year when many students are doing their Cambridge exams – many have probably already done theirs but I know there are some doing theirs in July (such as my Advanced group) and it's still not... Continue Reading →

Sound stories for Narrative Tenses


This is an activity that I did with my students today as part of a past tenses review.  This was a Zoom lesson, so while it is easily adaptable for face to face, it's probably more useful for online classes.... Continue Reading →

Blogging and teaching in the time of Covid-19


The eagle eyed among you will have noticed it's been a while since my last post. I have even earnt the tag "defunct" on one or two sites. In truth I'm really only posting this because a friend messaged me... Continue Reading →

Collaboration, not competition? British Council Voices Article


I have been thinking about trying to shift the focus of my classes a bit recently.  Reflecting, in part on the last year and on one of my groups in particular, I feel as though I would prefer my lessons... Continue Reading →

End of Year: Superlative Students Activity


This is an activity that I've just put together for my classes as we come into the final week of the school year, I'm calling it "Superlative students". It's relatively simple, as long as your students know superlative structures! Ask... Continue Reading →

First (FCE) Speaking Video Lesson


This is a lesson I put together for my class, who are rapidly approaching their exam dates and who need to review what goes on in the Cambridge English: First Speaking paper. I ran this as a bring your own... Continue Reading →

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