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February 2015

Complexity Theory and ELT – Manchester Roundtable


The idea of complexity theory and it's relationship to language and language learning is something that I've been starting to read into a bit more deeply recently.  There's something about it that seems intuitively right, which usually means that I... Continue Reading →

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Words with Multiple Meanings


Here's a nice infographic from the Kaplan blog about words with multiple meanings.  I can think of three immediate ways to exploit this with a class: (1) Prediction - give students the keywords.  Students then think of as many phrases... Continue Reading →

The TEFL Blame Game – redux


So we take a look around us and we see that everything in the world of TEFL is not good.  We ask ourselves, how did we ever get into such a sorry state? Who is to blame?  Who can we... Continue Reading →

More Educational Mythbusting


“We have had all kinds of rubbish thrown at us over the last 10 to 20 years,” he says. “We've been told that kids only learn properly in groups. We've had people claiming that children learn using brain gym, people... Continue Reading →

The WHY Game – for practicing clauses of reason and purpose


  This is an activity I did with with an intermediate group of young learners - who absolutely loved it.  It led to what was easily the longest conversations they'd had in English all year.  It probably wouldn't take much... Continue Reading →

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