thinking about language teaching


October 2014

United Nations Day – teaching resources

It is nearing the end of October and that traditionally means pumpkins, black cats, sweets or candy, and a bunch of superstitious nonsense that if it wasn't for the whole "sweets and candy" component, would probably have disappeared a long... Continue Reading →


Cambridge First & Advanced in 2015

If you prepare students for FCE or CAE, then this might be useful for you.  Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) have recently undergone significant revisions to their structure and organisation. This has been on the cards... Continue Reading →

World Teachers’ Day

It was World Teachers' Day last Sunday - and there is a certain irony in celebrating the teaching profession on the one day of the week that no-one's in school, but never mind! As part of the celebrations the Teaching... Continue Reading →

Anagram spelling dictation

Quite a nice vocabulary revision activity, this is something I tried with an intermediate kids class the other day. Kids in particular, often persist in using L1 pronunciation to spell words in English and this is quite a good way... Continue Reading →

First Lesson: Student generated ID card Swap

This was a lesson I did with a class of elementary level learners yesterday.  My class were quite young, hence some of the content below, but it is quite easily adaptable to other ages and levels.  It doesn't need any... Continue Reading →

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