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The Cheating Art


If you teach, you will have encountered cheating.  And if you're honest, you've probably cheated yourself at some point in the past - I don't remember specific incidences of cheating from when I was at school, but I do remember... Continue Reading →

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#IHPortugal Training Day: Facebook in the Classroom


This is the second of a series of posts reflecting on seminars I attended at the recent IH Portugal Training Day.  Click the link to read the first post on "Class Management by Carol Crombie". FACEBOOK Robert Dickson & Stephen Wardle IH Lisbon... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: ten tricks for reading


On the tenth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  ten tricks for reading 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... Continue Reading →

Teaching Resources: Steve Jobs


It's not until someone goes that you realise the impact they had on your life - Steve Jobs was one of those public figures who inspired belief and achievement in others. One of my classes was asking if we could... Continue Reading →

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 →

Wired for Mobile learning?


I spotted this one on a post on the TeachingEnglish | British Council facebook page - who in turn spotted it on the Voxy Blog. The infographic below comes out of the work of Mark Prensky and his concepts of... 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 →

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 →

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