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Fake News – and the Present Simple


This is a variation on the Truth or Lie activity that you all probably know and love. The original is a nice way of getting students to practice using the present simple, essentially the teacher dictates / writes on the... Continue Reading →

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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 →

Brainstorming – Book Review


The process of brainstorming in the classroom is often a rather haphazard and stilted affair.  Learners are coming into a topic area they know little about and feel uncomfortable in, they might feel that they don't have the language to... Continue Reading →

Processes and Passives


This is a lesson I did with my advanced class the other day as part of a review of passive structures.  I've typed it all up into a full plan and procedure which you can download in pdf through this... Continue Reading →

IELTS Writing Part 1 – The Happiness Graph!


How happy have you been over the last week?  Has it been a good or a bad week?  This is (broadly speaking) what my week looked like:   The Happiness Graph is a warmer that you can use with any... 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 →

Book Review: Punctuation..? (and a competition!)


Punctuation..? by User Design is a svelte and elegant illustrated guide for the rest of us. As you might have guessed from the title, it gives an overview of 21 different punctuation marks from the everyday comma to the more... Continue Reading →

One Picture – Six activities!


My latest blog post for the British Council Teaching English website is now live - click the link to find out more about "A house of mystery and secrets" It was a really fun challenge to try - all the bloggers... Continue Reading →

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