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Six themes from #IATEFL 2014


Last week I did a ten minute spot at the 6th International House Teachers' Online Conference  (#IHTOC6) on themes I'd picked up on from the IATEFL conference. My talk, which predictably over-ran and was therefore a bit rushed towards the... Continue Reading →

The Learning Style Debate


I am sceptical about learning styles.  Much is made of them, CELTA and DELTA trainees are required to learn about them and to plan their lessons taking into account activities that cater to the visual, auditory or kinaesthetic sensibilities of... Continue Reading →

Behavioural Economics and ELT: Meaning, Acknowledgement & Pride.


It's that time of year again, where classes are winding down and courses are effectively finished in all but name and teachers round the world are looking for interesting things to do with their students for the last few lessons... Continue Reading →

IH Teachers’ Online Conference #IHTOC60


IH are running another one of their increasingly popular Online Conferences this weekend:  or at least Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May. It's a slightly different premise this time however, as the speakers are being limited to ten minute... Continue Reading →

A passion for teaching?


Recently a colleague emerged from a particularly trying cover class experience, having decided that all of the problems that were experienced in the lesson could be traced back to a single overriding fault - the teacher's lack of passion for... Continue Reading →

What really goes into your lesson plan?


Getting learners to think about their writing BEFORE they put pen to paper is a thankless task.  Most seem to prefer the "stream of consciousness" approach, where the words flow ceaselessly out of the brain, down the arm and out, via... Continue Reading →

IH Teachers’ Online Conference – this weekend #IHTOC3


This weekend - or at least Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd November - sees the third IH Teachers' Online Conference, a collection of about 20 webinars hosted by the International House World Organisation and available to all, completely free! Yep... Continue Reading →

End of Year Reflection


Today is the last day of the academic year.  On Monday the school summer courses will begin but that's next week and it's Monday's problem - for now it's enough to know that we have survived another year without too... Continue Reading →

Special Needs and ELT


I wonder what experience many EFL teachers have of working with learners with special needs. My own experience is fairly minimal - about seven years ago I did a placement test interview with a student who was partially deaf.  It... Continue Reading →

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