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From Can’t to Can: changing thinking about exams #iatefl2017


Recently I was lucky enough to run a workshop at IATEFL Glasgow on helping students in language exam classes feel more confident in their abilities. As promised in the session, here are the slides from the session, which I re-titled... Continue Reading →

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What should Advanced materials involve?


I was recently asked what features I thought good C2 materials should have.  It's quite a good question, especially because there aren't any good GE materials at C2 level.  There are a number of books aimed at preparing students for... Continue Reading →

Processes and Passives


This is a lesson I did with my advanced class the other day as part of a review of passive structures.  I've typed it all up into a full plan and procedure which you can download in pdf through this... Continue Reading →

Parsnips in ELT: Stepping out of the Comfort Zone


The concept of Parsnips in ELT has always intrigued me.  These are the things that you're not supposed to talk about with your classes, the taboo topics that might get you into trouble or which your students might protest at.... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

CAE Online Resource Directory


For those involved with CAE exam classes - I've just put up a directory of online resources which you can access here: CAE Online Resource Directory There's a mix of exam information, online practice exercises and teaching advice, so take... Continue Reading →

The Best Education Articles From “The Onion” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…


If you don't know The Onion - you should take a look - it's a satirical newspaper that sometimes hits the nail on the head.  It's also a great source of articles for use with classes - the occasionally puerile... Continue Reading →

Using Haiku for Summary Tasks


Summary task woesUnfound ideas from the textsLacking clarity What is a Haiku?Distillation of ideasConcisely worded  This could go quite wrongHaiku for summary tasks?Might be worth a try    Learners at CPE (Proficiency) level frequently have issues with the comprehension and summary task on the... Continue Reading →

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