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Cheating


"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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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