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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 →

Personalised Learning – IATEFL BESIG Workshop


Here are the slides from the BESIG weekend workshop I gave on the 7th June 2015.  I was very honoured to have been asked to run the workshop, particularly as I noticed it was the 50th such workshop that BESIG... 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 →

Excellense in Englis – the decline or evolution of the language?


Is the language dying?  A recent column in The Economist (Johnson: A long decline) asks the question from the perspective of a steadfast native British English speaker, looking around themselves and finding that the language they think they speak is,... Continue Reading →

Complexity Theory and ELT – Manchester Roundtable


The idea of complexity theory and it's relationship to language and language learning is something that I've been starting to read into a bit more deeply recently.  There's something about it that seems intuitively right, which usually means that I... Continue Reading →

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