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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 →

Coursebook Review: Complete First


Complete First Guy Brook-Hart Cambridge University Press,  2014. As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook review: Objective First


Objective First Annette Capel & Wendy Sharp Cambridge University Press 2012 (3rd Ed.) / 2014 (4th Ed.)   As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Ready for First


Ready for FCE Roy Norris Macmillan Education 2013 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam.  Reviews are also available for: Gold... Continue Reading →

Coursebook Review: Gold First


Gold First Jan Bell and Amanda Thomas Pearson Education 2014 As the Cambridge English: First exam is changing from January 2015, this review is one of a series of coursebooks designed to prepare learners for the exam. Reviews are also... Continue Reading →

Dear Student, You’re going to fail.


Dear Student, You probably know why I’m writing this letter.  You probably know, deep down, what I’m about to tell you.  But I’m going to tell you anyway and that’s why I’m writing. You are going to fail your exam. ... Continue Reading →

Write and Improve: An Online writing helper


Writing is probably the most difficult area for learners to improve on by themselves.  Writing demands an audience and if you have no-one to tell you how successful your efforts are - or not - then you are doomed to... Continue Reading →

The Tai Chi of Reading


This is a ten minute presentation I gave at the recent International House Teachers' Online Conference (IHTOC60) on the Tai Chi of Reading. The basic premise is that there are certain movements or forms that exist within the Tai Chi... Continue Reading →

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