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David Petrie

Collaboration, not competition? British Council Voices Article


I have been thinking about trying to shift the focus of my classes a bit recently.  Reflecting, in part on the last year and on one of my groups in particular, I feel as though I would prefer my lessons... Continue Reading →

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End of Year: Superlative Students Activity


This is an activity that I've just put together for my classes as we come into the final week of the school year, I'm calling it "Superlative students". It's relatively simple, as long as your students know superlative structures! Ask... Continue Reading →

First (FCE) Speaking Video Lesson


This is a lesson I put together for my class, who are rapidly approaching their exam dates and who need to review what goes on in the Cambridge English: First Speaking paper. I ran this as a bring your own... Continue Reading →

Blog of the Month Award Winner!


Many thanks to all the amazing people on the Teaching English - British Council Facebook page who voted for this post to win the April Blog of the Month award! Voting, I should say means engaging with the piece in... Continue Reading →

Words they won’t know…


This is a vocabulary review / revision activity, that can be adapted for ability and time.  I'm currently using it as a warmer, but you could extend it into a more meaningful activity easily enough. I split my class into... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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