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September 11th Teaching Resources


Inspired by a recent feature on The Guardian website, which invites readers to share their memories of where they were and what they were doing (click here for more detail), I was thinking about collating teaching resources on the topic... Continue Reading →

First Lesson or First Week Ideas


Back in July I posted a selections of 20 ideas and activities that might be worth trying out as you get to know your new classes this school year - and since then there've been a couple of additional ideas... Continue Reading →

First Lesson: I don’t know what you did last summer!


A very quick alternative to the standard composition task "What I did on my Summer holidays". Essentially, you ask the learners to write the composition (100 words? I guess length will be age & level dependent) about somebody else in... Continue Reading →

First Lesson: Find Nobody Who…


This is an alternative approach to the inevitable "what did you do on your holidays" conversation.   Many first lesson activities and ideas are based on the premise that nobody knows anybody else but often the students in your classes... Continue Reading →

The Vortex Game


The Vortex Game.  This is a game I've created that can be used with any age or level - for pretty much any purpose.  It came out of a conversation with a colleague (thanks Sarah!) who was looking for an... Continue Reading →

Tea, Coffee and Comparisons


Just a quick lesson overview rather than a full plan etc today:  this is an idea for helping learners with comparisons / comparatives. Basically it starts out with the activity "Tea or Coffee", follows up with the language input stage,... Continue Reading →

Working with Project Classes


This is an entry for everyone currently working at an ELT summer school somewhere in the world!  It's not always easy and there's a lot of hard work - hopefully this post will help out a bit!  I've been fortunate... Continue Reading →

Postie Postie / Agony Aunt


This is a great activity that you can use as a warmer or as a fun practice task in a number of situations. I should acknowledge that I originally saw my Dip tutor Peter Moran do this during a lesson... Continue Reading →

Phoning it in? An m-learning experience.


It's early evening on a Friday about 7.30pm and the end of a long week both for me and the poor student who's ended up scheduling her lessons at a time when the only other person in the school is... Continue Reading →

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