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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 →

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 →

Christmas Lesson Activities – Part 2


Last week, I shared four Christmas themed activities to use with your class, either as separate activities, or as a single lesson.  This week, I'm doing that again!  Here's five activities for you to use with your classes.  As with... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lesson Activities – Part 1


As Christmas is just around the corner, here are four of my favourite activities to do with a class.  These are not age or ability specific, as I tend to use them with whichever groups I'm working with that year... Continue Reading →

A Video Lesson Template


This is a lesson template that works with any age, level or video clip - as long as the clip doesn't have any dialogue.  Short animated videos or clips are best, and there are plenty out there.  My personal favourites,... Continue Reading →

Say what you see – vocabulary and images


This is an activity that I used as a warmer with my classes last week with great results!  It works really well for vocabulary review, with lower levels, but also with extending and developing the range of vocabulary that exam... Continue Reading →

Is it worse when bad students do well or when good students do badly?


. .   This is a question that occurred to me in a frenzy of test marking that took place last month...  I'm interested to know what people think! I'd appreciate your answer before you read on.... Having gone through... Continue Reading →

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