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Do learners know what they need?


There is a lot of talk about learner needs, needs analysis and learner centred lesson planning and course planning.  But do learners really know what they need?  Or do they just tell us what they want? The difference between "wants"... Continue Reading →

All is not what it seems – The Little People Project


Back in December I posted on "nine pretty pictures" - ways of exploiting images with learners. I recently came across "The Little People Project" - though unfortunately I can't remember where - it might have been The Guardian, but I'm... Continue Reading →

The World in 2012: Predict this!


It's that time of year when the media maelstrom coalesces around a single topic - the future!  What's going to happen in the next twelve months?  What can we all expect from the next year?  Will we face triumph or... Continue Reading →

Santa’s Xmas Present Swap – an activity for all ages!


And compliments of the season to you all! This is my xmas present to anyone still teaching out there - but equally, this could make a really good first lesson back in the new year activity.  Santa's Xmas Present Swap!... Continue Reading →

The First day of Geekmas: A short talk on using Poetry…


On the first day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  a short talk on using poetry..... It's the last / first day of the teflgeek Christmas countdown and it's been a fun, somewhat introspective, quite stressful on occasion but... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Three Board Pens


On the third day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  three board pens Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs worth... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Fo(u)r Recalling Words…


On the fourth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  fo(u)r recalling words Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs worth... Continue Reading →

A film or DVD based lesson (any film)!


It's the end of the school year at the moment and most of my classes have been badgering for "Movie, teacher! Movie!" for some time.  Resistance would seem to be futile.... Basically, what they want to do is sit down... Continue Reading →

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