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Fake News – and the Present Simple


This is a variation on the Truth or Lie activity that you all probably know and love. The original is a nice way of getting students to practice using the present simple, essentially the teacher dictates / writes on the... Continue Reading →

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Sounds Good – a sound effects lesson for Present Continuous


I was working with an adult group last week on the difference between present simple (for habits and routines) and the present continuous (for actions happening "now").  What I have found, both on this occasion and in the past, is... 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 →

Using Visualisation for the Present Continuous


This is an idea I tried out with an elementary group of young learners the other day.  The focus in the coursebook was on teaching the present continuous for actions that are happening now and at the book had very... 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 →

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 →

PHRAS.IN – Say this or say that?


This is a quite a neat tool for learners who are trying to find the right way to express something - PHRAS.IN - Say this or say that?. You type in two choices and it comes back and tells you which... Continue Reading →

The zombie apocalypse and its role in the ELT classroom


From the always interesting yearinthelifeofanenglishteacher comes what is clearly the best blog post title of 2011:  "The zombie apocalypse and its role in the ELT classroom". I missed the original post in June, only picking up on it via Tyson Seburn's... Continue Reading →

The World in 2012: Predict this!


It's that time of year when the media maelstrom coalesces around a single topic - the future!  What's going to happen in the next twelve months?  What can we all expect from the next year?  Will we face triumph or... Continue Reading →

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