thinking about language teaching



Online Teaching Resource: Primary Pad

Thanks to Tommy Holt for spotting this and mentioning it on facebook! Primary pad is an online synchronous editing tool - learners can access and edit the same document at the same time. This is the first tool I've come... Continue Reading →

A lesson on Learning Goals – Ken Robinson TED Talk

I first watched Ken Robinson's TED talk - "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" some months ago - a thought provoking examination of the aims of the educational establishment.  It has influenced my thinking about the aims of teaching quite heavily, though... Continue Reading →

A Lesson on Linkers

This is a lesson that aims to increase the range of linking devices / expressions learners have available to them, and in particular focuses on five relatively simple devices:  In order to  /  so that  /  as  /  in case... Continue Reading →

Twenty-Six different ways to do Gapfills / Cloze tasks

UPDATED - from fifteen to twenty six!  Many thanks to all those who contributed their ideas! Does what it says on the tin!  As part of a recent seminar -  I have collected, invented, developed and stolen these fifteen alternatives... Continue Reading →

More dependent prepositions resources

It only occurred to me later that there's probably a wealth of material already out there in webspace on dependent prepositions and that it wouldn't be too difficult or time consuming to look for some of it... So here's a... Continue Reading →

Dependent Prepositions

It's a slightly strange phrase that - dependent prepositions - gives you the slight air of a bunch of small words hanging around a much larger word who feeds and clothes them and goes and and earns a wage with... Continue Reading →

To see what condition your conditionals are in

Covering a colleague's class today and opened the book at the required page to see:  "Grammar - conditionals".  Hmm.  So what's attached here is what I came up with as a bit of a "Conditionals review", which (with any luck)... Continue Reading →


A nice site from Doug Evans with lesson plans based on TED Talks: ESL TEDTalks. I've only looked at the first two - "Superheroes inspired by Islam" and "My Green School Dream", so I'm not sure if the lesson plans... Continue Reading →

CLOP CLOP – You can lead a horse to water…

… but you can’t make it put together a successful  piece of writing.  The whole hoof thing and lack of opposable thumbs gets in the way of text creation in general and successful writing in particular.  Language learners on the... Continue Reading →

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