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January 2015

What is “good speaking”?


We are approaching the end of the first semester in our school and this is typically a time when we review our assessments, give out our grammar and vocabulary tests and write all the reports.  Like many schools, our reports... Continue Reading →

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Warmer / Filler: What are my words?


This vocabulary revision activity requires minimal or no preparation on the part of the teacher.  I've been using it with classes that found "Don't make me say it!" too difficult or time consuming.  It's certainly easier for lower levels! The... Continue Reading →

The Myth of the Good Student


Not so long ago I found out that two of my teenage students have been having a competition in my classes.  Apparently they've been trying to see who can say the word "genitais" the most in class - this means "genitals"... Continue Reading →

Warmer: Don’t make me say it!


This is a vocabulary revision activity that I used as a warmer with my classes last week – from intermediate to proficiency. I went back through the previous couple of units of the coursebook and chose 12 items (words, phrasal verbs,... Continue Reading →

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