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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 →

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Great site for conversation classes


Running a conversation class can often be a difficult thing for teachers, especially if there is no syllabus or course plan to follow, or if the class has been going for a number of years with largely the same students... Continue Reading →

A Systematic Pattern – material considerations online and off


In many respects, the regular occurrence of systematic features is what makes a course a course.  It is these features which tell us that we are moving from one section to another and thus that we have indeed "moved on".... Continue Reading →

The case for and against RP


"Since being in hospital, the only people I have heard speaking in the UK prestige model of "received pronunciation" are some of the consultants and surgeons.  Everyone else in the hospital is from everywhere else." In a recent post, about the... 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 →

Free Online #BESIG Workshop – Personalised Learning Programmes


It's my very great privilege to be running a free online workshop for the IATEFL BESIG next Sunday - 7th June. BESIG is the Business English Special Interest Group and they have been running their weekend workshop series since February... Continue Reading →

Free Teachers’ Online Conference – Friday 8th May #IHTOC7


The annual International House Teachers Online conference is taking place over this weekend and it's a great opportunity for teachers to drop in and take part in this free event. On Friday 8th, 10.30 - 16.30 (GMT) there will be a... Continue Reading →

Five Fantastic Film sites for ELT


Using video in the classroom is a great way to engage learners in the material, either from a topic perspective or with a particular language point.  Young learners in particular seem to love the moving image and it can be... Continue Reading →

United Nations Day – teaching resources


It is nearing the end of October and that traditionally means pumpkins, black cats, sweets or candy, and a bunch of superstitious nonsense that if it wasn't for the whole "sweets and candy" component, would probably have disappeared a long... Continue Reading →

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