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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 →

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 →

First Lesson: Student generated ID card Swap


This was a lesson I did with a class of elementary level learners yesterday.  My class were quite young, hence some of the content below, but it is quite easily adaptable to other ages and levels.  It doesn't need any... Continue Reading →

Tea, Coffee and Comparisons


Just a quick lesson overview rather than a full plan etc today:  this is an idea for helping learners with comparisons / comparatives. Basically it starts out with the activity "Tea or Coffee", follows up with the language input stage,... Continue Reading →

First Lesson Ideas / Warmers


For many teachers, though the school year might have just ended - the joy of summer school classes is about to start.  Or may have already, but I think lessons at my habitual summer haunt are due to begin on... Continue Reading →

The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... Continue Reading →

Zip Zap Boing (I think?)


I blame that Simon Thomas over at efl-resource.  It's all his fault.  And I'm still not sure whether it's "zip zap zop" or "zig zag zog" or something else entirely! I've inherited a class, which Simon once taught back in... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Resource: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus


The visual thesaurus was pointed out to me some time ago as a great alternative to the standard online dictionary search, and also as a great way to help learners broaden their vocabulary, particularly with higher level students who have... Continue Reading →

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