thinking about language teaching


March 2011

Online Teaching Tool: Fakebook(s)

Anna Pires of IH Braga gave a brilliant seminar at the recent IH Portugal training day called "If you can't beat them, join them!" where she looked at the ways that our learners interact with technology in their daily lives... Continue Reading →


Help with Homework

“Teacher No!”  “Teacher, I have three tests this week!” Chances are, you’ve probably experienced the chorus of protest and dismay as you blithely announce the homework task of the day.  Or alternatively as you ask your learners to present the... Continue Reading →

Tools for the 21st Century Teacher

Michael Zimmer's "issuu" guide to technology for teachers:  You'll have heard about many of the technologies that he mentions - but many you probably won't have a clue about!  In an accessible, handy one page per technology format, Michael explains... Continue Reading →

A Lesson on Linkers

This is a lesson that aims to increase the range of linking devices / expressions learners have available to them, and in particular focuses on five relatively simple devices:  In order to  /  so that  /  as  /  in case... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Tool: Kubbu

This website has the potential to be an invaluable online teaching tool and is worth checking out! I only came across this the other day, but they've been around for a while and further research reveals that Larry Ferlazzo mentions this... Continue Reading →

Giving Feedback – 20 ways to do it!

Giving feedback on classroom tasks is a tricky thing to come up with ideas for.  Broadly, I think methods can be broken down into Collaborative / Competitive / Partial / Full.  The four methods can interact, so you can have... Continue Reading →

Guardian TEFL Q&A session

The Guardian careers section is holding a live Q&A session with a panel of TEFL experts.  The live Q&A kicks off at 1pm (London time) - so in about 25 minutes! You can access the discussion here: The discussion is... Continue Reading →

Twenty-Six different ways to do Gapfills / Cloze tasks

UPDATED - from fifteen to twenty six!  Many thanks to all those who contributed their ideas! Does what it says on the tin!  As part of a recent seminar -  I have collected, invented, developed and stolen these fifteen alternatives... Continue Reading →

More dependent prepositions resources

It only occurred to me later that there's probably a wealth of material already out there in webspace on dependent prepositions and that it wouldn't be too difficult or time consuming to look for some of it... So here's a... Continue Reading →

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