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First (FCE) Speaking Video Lesson


This is a lesson I put together for my class, who are rapidly approaching their exam dates and who need to review what goes on in the Cambridge English: First Speaking paper. I ran this as a bring your own... Continue Reading →

Cheating


"All the class cheat.  And all the years cheat.  The teachers don't know, but they all cheat.  Everybody cheats." - Student X. ***** It came up in class after a discussion on honesty - so I started talking to all... Continue Reading →

From Can’t to Can: changing thinking about exams #iatefl2017


Recently I was lucky enough to run a workshop at IATEFL Glasgow on helping students in language exam classes feel more confident in their abilities. As promised in the session, here are the slides from the session, which I re-titled... Continue Reading →

Say what you see – vocabulary and images


This is an activity that I used as a warmer with my classes last week with great results!  It works really well for vocabulary review, with lower levels, but also with extending and developing the range of vocabulary that exam... Continue Reading →

Is it worse when bad students do well or when good students do badly?


. .   This is a question that occurred to me in a frenzy of test marking that took place last month...  I'm interested to know what people think! I'd appreciate your answer before you read on.... Having gone through... Continue Reading →

IH Journal: Examinator Column


It is with very great pride that I'd like to share my new column in the IH Journal! I love teaching exam classes.  I find them to be among the more motivated and interested students and while this isn't always... Continue Reading →

PechaFlickr – exam speaking practice


One of the common complaints students have about exam speaking is that they never know what to say.  In practice sessions, I've had students dry up completely and embarrassedly freeze half way through a sentence, I've had other students refuse... Continue Reading →

The Colour Coded Essay – #IHTOC7


With the introduction of a compulsory essay task in the Cambridge English: First & Advanced exams, it's become quite important for learners to understand essay structure and organisation. Here's a ten minute talk I did for the International House Teacher's... Continue Reading →

Free Teachers’ Online Conference – Friday 8th May #IHTOC7


The annual International House Teachers Online conference is taking place over this weekend and it's a great opportunity for teachers to drop in and take part in this free event. On Friday 8th, 10.30 - 16.30 (GMT) there will be a... Continue Reading →

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