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Can you have a normal life and work in ELT?


The car races along the road at 90mph / 145kmph, overtaking slower moving vehicles by forcing them to the side and even causing white vans to leap aside in panic.   As it roars through the outskirts of the town,... Continue Reading →

From #CLIL to CSI?


I was quite impressed to spot, as a student in my class took an interminable amount of time to remove a pencil from her bag, that the science book she's currently using was called "CSI".  An inspired piece of textbook... Continue Reading →

#BBC Podcast – The Trouble with Moody Teens


There was an excellent podcast on the BBC - Podcasts - Documentary of the Week page recently.  Sadly, BBC policy is only to host these documentaries for a seven day period, which has no expired, so unless you know someone with... Continue Reading →

#APPI 2012: Anna Uhl Chamot – Teaching Learning Strategies in the English Classroom


I'm hoping this will be a follow up to the talk Anna Chamot gave yesterday at #APPI, which was more about the why of learning strategies, why they are important and how they can help.  This I'm hoping will be... Continue Reading →

#APPI 2012: Nicky Hockly – Digital Literacies


This blog post reports from the APPI 2012 conference in Coimbra, Portugal.  The theme of the conference is “Motivated Teachers make a difference” – I’m updating as I go, so apologies for any typos, I’ll try and clear those up... Continue Reading →

#APPI 2012: Anna Uhl Chamot – How language learning strategies instruction motivates teachers.


This blog post reports from the APPI 2012 conference in Coimbra, Portugal.  The theme of the conference is "Motivated Teachers make a difference" - I'm updating as I go, so apologies for any typos, I'll try and clear those up... Continue Reading →

TBPPP: A fusion methodology?


I was trying to plan a lesson the other day, by which I mean I was sitting there with a course book, a biro and the back of a discarded handout (which I find is the most efficient way of... 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 →

Online Teaching Resource: Spent


I just came across the game "Spent", courtesy of the Leoxicon blog.  It's an excellent, eye opening game that simulates what it's like to be living near the poverty line in the USA today. Basically, you're put in the position... Continue Reading →

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