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Blog of the Month Award Winner!


Many thanks to all the amazing people on the Teaching English - British Council Facebook page who voted for this post to win the April Blog of the Month award! Voting, I should say means engaging with the piece in... Continue Reading →

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Take a break. You’ve earned it.


Dear Teacher, I just wanted to say well done!  You made it to the end of the 2018! I have always found the winter term to be the longest and the hardest of all to get through.  Even when I... Continue Reading →

Reviewing the School Year: A Lesson


The last lesson of the school year is often a tricky one to manage.  Often, neither you or the students are in a particularly useful frame of mind - the energy and creativity is dwindling and it can be difficult... Continue Reading →

Is it worse when bad students do well or when good students do badly?


. .   This is a question that occurred to me in a frenzy of test marking that took place last month...  I'm interested to know what people think! I'd appreciate your answer before you read on.... Having gone through... Continue Reading →

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices


Earlier this year, a piece from the Edutopia website was doing the rounds under the title "5 highly effective teaching practices".  I automatically question pieces like this as I doubt somewhat whether the purpose of the piece is actually to... 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 →

#5TeachingChallenges


It is easy enough to get stuck in your classroom, and stuck in particular ways of thinking about your teaching and your learners and even of course - yourself!  Cambridge English have just launched what look like an interesting professional development... Continue Reading →

Dear Me – to my #youngerteacherself


Dear David, It's been almost fifteen years since you started teaching.  In fact I think at this point back in 2002 you were busy trying to complete the IH London CELTA pre-course task and trying to make sure you had... Continue Reading →

The Myth of the Good Student


Not so long ago I found out that two of my teenage students have been having a competition in my classes.  Apparently they've been trying to see who can say the word "genitais" the most in class - this means "genitals"... Continue Reading →

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