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Secret Teacher Guest Post: Professionalism Problems


There are quite a few secret teachers out there in the world.  People who have spotted things that need changing in their environment but whose ideas or suggestions are brushed aside or dismissed out of hand.  This blog was contacted... Continue Reading →

Mentor Me! (or can I just get on with it?)


What do you want from a mentor?  As a mentor, what do you want from your mentees?  These two expectations don't always meet in the middle and it can be a cause of professional friction when that happens. I recently... Continue Reading →

Cambridge First & Advanced in 2015


If you prepare students for FCE or CAE, then this might be useful for you.  Cambridge English: First (FCE) and Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) have recently undergone significant revisions to their structure and organisation. This has been on the cards... Continue Reading →

World Teachers’ Day


It was World Teachers' Day last Sunday - and there is a certain irony in celebrating the teaching profession on the one day of the week that no-one's in school, but never mind! As part of the celebrations the Teaching... Continue Reading →

Motivating students – teacher talk video


So this is the first in a series of videos being put together by the Teaching English (British Council | BBC) website where some of the blogging team on the site talk about a particular topic or issue. Myself,  Adam Simpson,... Continue Reading →

Dear Student, You’re going to fail.


Dear Student, You probably know why I’m writing this letter.  You probably know, deep down, what I’m about to tell you.  But I’m going to tell you anyway and that’s why I’m writing. You are going to fail your exam. ... Continue Reading →

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 →

#IATEFL 2014: The Sugata Mitra Debate


Well.  This one was controversial.  In some respects what Sugata Mitra said in his plenary on Saturday morning doesn't even matter anymore, such was the debate it sparked and which still continues via facebook and twitter. Mitra, it is clear,... Continue Reading →

Tests, Tests and more Tests…


February seems to be all about tests.  All my classes have just done their mid-year grammar and vocabulary tests, my exam class students have just done a mock exam and are getting ready for the real thing in March, and... Continue Reading →

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