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IELTS & Daily Charts from The Economist


IELTS teachers will be glad to know that The Economist has a "Daily Chart" section on their blog pages called Graphic Detail. Featuring "charts, maps and infographics", not all the content is useful for those IELTS Academic writing part one... Continue Reading →

Keep Calm and Write On – #IHTOC3


For those that may have missed it, here are the slides (as pdf) from the webinar I gave at the IH Teachers' Online Conference on 3rd November. The session was a look at common problems learners have with writing for... Continue Reading →

In defence of: The Test


There seems to be a lot of anti-testing sentiment prevalent in the teaching world at the moment.  There's a particular degree of vitriol that seems to be reserved for standardised testing, but which has tapped a general anti-educational zeitgeist and... Continue Reading →

The Best Education Articles From “The Onion” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…


If you don't know The Onion - you should take a look - it's a satirical newspaper that sometimes hits the nail on the head.  It's also a great source of articles for use with classes - the occasionally puerile... Continue Reading →

Do learners know what they need?


There is a lot of talk about learner needs, needs analysis and learner centred lesson planning and course planning.  But do learners really know what they need?  Or do they just tell us what they want? The difference between "wants"... 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 Twelve Days of Geekmas: eleven tips for writing


On the eleventh day of Geekmas, teflgeek gave to me:  11 tips for writing Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs worth... Continue Reading →

Say that again? avoiding repetition & developing paraphrase


Trying to come up with new and interesting ways of saying the same old thing is a skill that taxes most of us on a daily basis:  "I like your hair."  "Your hair looks nice."  "Wow!  Have you had your... Continue Reading →

#ELTchat Summary: Dogme & Formal Assessment – the odd couple?


At first glance, the free-wheeling Dogme approach to teaching and formal assessment do not sit well together.  Rather they would appear to occupy opposite ends of the spectrum, representing as they do either “winging it elevated to an art form”... Continue Reading →

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