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Warmer: Don’t make me say it!


This is a vocabulary revision activity that I used as a warmer with my classes last week – from intermediate to proficiency. I went back through the previous couple of units of the coursebook and chose 12 items (words, phrasal verbs,... Continue Reading →

One Picture – Six activities!


My latest blog post for the British Council Teaching English website is now live - click the link to find out more about "A house of mystery and secrets" It was a really fun challenge to try - all the bloggers... Continue Reading →

Is reading allowed, aloud?


Many years ago I had something of a disagreement with a colleague who, in a class I had watched, had the learners read aloud from a chapter of Roald Dahl's autobiography "Going Solo".  Paragraph by paragraph, they went round the... Continue Reading →

CAE Online Resource Directory


For those involved with CAE exam classes - I've just put up a directory of online resources which you can access here: CAE Online Resource Directory There's a mix of exam information, online practice exercises and teaching advice, so take... Continue Reading →

Opposition debates for CPE Summary tasks


This was something that popped into my head the other day as a way to change the dynamic of a CPE lesson based around summary tasks - and which will also be useful for the 2013 revised exam (writing part one).... Continue Reading →

Guest Post: Say what you see…


In his second guest post on this blog, Dave Cosby thinks about forcing changes on languages and considers the sound-spelling relationships apparent in English.  Above all, he admonishes, just Say what you see... Here in Portugal the language is undergoing... Continue Reading →

#ELTChat Summary: Teaching at a Discourse Level


How can we focus language teaching more at discourse level rather than sentence level? The first #eltchat of 2012 attempted to answer this question!  I wasn’t actually there and didn’t take part in the chat and I’m still not quite... Continue Reading →

All is not what it seems – The Little People Project


Back in December I posted on "nine pretty pictures" - ways of exploiting images with learners. I recently came across "The Little People Project" - though unfortunately I can't remember where - it might have been The Guardian, but I'm... 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 →

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