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A lesson on Spam Emails


This is a lesson I have been doing with my advanced and proficiency classes for a couple of years, but I have only just got round to writing up for the blog. It works on both receptive and productive writing... Continue Reading →

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 →

Take a break. You’ve earned it.


Dear Teacher, I just wanted to say well done!  You made it to the end of the 2018! I have always found the winter term to be the longest and the hardest of all to get through.  Even when I... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lesson Activities – Part 2


Last week, I shared four Christmas themed activities to use with your class, either as separate activities, or as a single lesson.  This week, I'm doing that again!  Here's five activities for you to use with your classes.  As with... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lesson Activities – Part 1


As Christmas is just around the corner, here are four of my favourite activities to do with a class.  These are not age or ability specific, as I tend to use them with whichever groups I'm working with that year... Continue Reading →

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 →

The rise of AI and ELT


In my first teaching job, 16 years ago and a continent away, we had a prospective student walk into the school to do a placement test.  He spoke to a colleague about what he wanted and told her he had... Continue Reading →

Sounds Good – a sound effects lesson for Present Continuous


I was working with an adult group last week on the difference between present simple (for habits and routines) and the present continuous (for actions happening "now").  What I have found, both on this occasion and in the past, is... 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 →

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