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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 →

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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 →

A Video Lesson Template


This is a lesson template that works with any age, level or video clip - as long as the clip doesn't have any dialogue.  Short animated videos or clips are best, and there are plenty out there.  My personal favourites,... 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 →

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 →

5 Highly Effective Teaching Practices


Earlier this year, a piece from the Edutopia website was doing the rounds under the title "5 highly effective teaching practices".  I automatically question pieces like this as I doubt somewhat whether the purpose of the piece is actually to... Continue Reading →

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