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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 →

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Using Visualisation for the Present Continuous


This is an idea I tried out with an elementary group of young learners the other day.  The focus in the coursebook was on teaching the present continuous for actions that are happening now and at the book had very... Continue Reading →

First Lesson Aims: Dave Tucker Guest Post!


If you've had time to look at recent posts on this blog, you'll have noticed a series of "first lesson" ideas and activities...  after all,  it's September, we've all got "back-to-school-itis"! Stepping back from the plethora of great teaching ideas to... 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 →

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 →

First Lesson Ideas / Warmers


For many teachers, though the school year might have just ended - the joy of summer school classes is about to start.  Or may have already, but I think lessons at my habitual summer haunt are due to begin on... Continue Reading →

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