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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 →

The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... Continue Reading →

Online Game: The Curfew


I spotted a colleague (Thanks Neil!) using this with a class the other day and it looked brilliant and so investigated - it is really impressive work! Turns out Neil spotted this on Larry Ferlazzo's site. The Curfew game is aimed... Continue Reading →

Exam Classes: Gapless


Another really simple idea for all those use of english papers....  just remove the gaps. For exam classes this works with the following areas: FCE & CAE: Use of English Part One - multiple choice cloze Use of English Part... Continue Reading →

30 topic cards for IELTS / CPE Speaking


I don't think this needs much in the way of explanation!  If you click the pdf link below, I've put together 30 different topic cards for IELTS speaking part 2 / CPE speaking part 3. I wrote most of these... Continue Reading →

Zip Zap Boing (I think?)


I blame that Simon Thomas over at efl-resource.  It's all his fault.  And I'm still not sure whether it's "zip zap zop" or "zig zag zog" or something else entirely! I've inherited a class, which Simon once taught back in... Continue Reading →

Multiple Choice Cloze


A relatively simple way of dealing with multiple choice cloze tasks in the classroom: Take one multiple choice cloze task, possibly one like this FCE style task found via a google image search, or just one from your coursebook. Before... Continue Reading →

Speaking: Two Minute Talks


Here's a brief lesson I put together for my CPE class the other day, though it's also useful for anyone teaching IELTS.  It's basically learner centred and learner generated, with minimal preparation and is adaptable to either exam. The Lesson... Continue Reading →

The future of testing?


I've been looking into language testing and language exams quite a lot recently, which is maybe why a recent piece on the "Click" podcast from the BBC caught my attention  (listen to the segment here). The report is on the... Continue Reading →

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