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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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The Interview Round


Job interviews are fun things to prepare learners for.  A colleague and I once prepared a student for a job interview as a hotel receptionist by sitting her in the director's office and making spurious phone calls to her in... 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 →

PechaFlickr – exam speaking practice


One of the common complaints students have about exam speaking is that they never know what to say.  In practice sessions, I've had students dry up completely and embarrassedly freeze half way through a sentence, I've had other students refuse... Continue Reading →

The Colour Coded Essay – #IHTOC7


With the introduction of a compulsory essay task in the Cambridge English: First & Advanced exams, it's become quite important for learners to understand essay structure and organisation. Here's a ten minute talk I did for the International House Teacher's... 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 →

Cambridge First & Advanced in 2015


If you prepare students for FCE or CAE, then this might be useful for you.  Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) have recently undergone significant revisions to their structure and organisation. This has been on the cards... Continue Reading →

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