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Ten to One – a review and revision lesson / activity


This is a lesson that I used with my classes recently as a review before they did a progress test.  It would also work pretty well as an impromptu cover class in an emergency! What I did: I looked through... Continue Reading →

The Ideology Gap


As teachers, we all have a good idea of what we should be doing when we walk into the classroom.  We have been trained, mostly in fairly similar ways to each other, we are aware of pedagogical theories and philosophies... Continue Reading →

Back to the Blog!


It's been a busy and interesting two years.  I feel older and wiser, though I'm not sure how much anyone else would agree about the second part! For those who want to know, the last two years have been spent... Continue Reading →

Using Action Research for Personal Professional Development


Yesterday I was part of a panel discussion in the British Council Teaching for Success Online Conference with Chris Farrell, Pete Clements and Sarah Smith, where we talked about Action Research:  what it is and what it can do for you... Continue Reading →

The impact of BREXIT on ELT


Like many people in the world of ELT I was shocked and disappointed by the results of the EU referendum this morning.  Like many people in our position, my wife and I have been sitting on the sofa in our... Continue Reading →

Reviewing the School Year: A Lesson


The last lesson of the school year is often a tricky one to manage.  Often, neither you or the students are in a particularly useful frame of mind - the energy and creativity is dwindling and it can be difficult... Continue Reading →

Moral Dilemmas – Book Review


Imagine you are teaching a group of business people, all of whom work for the same company.  They have been told that their eligibility for the next round of promotions depends on their achieving a certain level of English.  All... Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Teaching the Unteachable


I wonder how many people who are looking at the title of this post, and indeed the title of the upcoming webinar on this topic, are wondering what constitutes “unteachable”?  It’s a tricky concept to grasp, not least because it... Continue Reading →

Four “must have” activities for digital teachers!


The title of this post is an example of Clickbait - something that is designed to get you clicking the link to look at the seemingly impossible / brilliant / hilarious story behind the headline.  Something eye-catching that makes you... Continue Reading →

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