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From Can’t to Can: changing thinking about exams #iatefl2017


Recently I was lucky enough to run a workshop at IATEFL Glasgow on helping students in language exam classes feel more confident in their abilities. As promised in the session, here are the slides from the session, which I re-titled... Continue Reading →

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IH Journal: Examinator Column


It is with very great pride that I'd like to share my new column in the IH Journal! I love teaching exam classes.  I find them to be among the more motivated and interested students and while this isn't always... Continue Reading →

Cambridge Advanced writing – learning to answer the question


Keeping writing relevant to the question is something that learners often have difficulty with.  Sometimes this is because they mis-identify the key content points, sometimes it's because they write their answer for the wrong purpose. This is the outline of... Continue Reading →

Tests, Tests and more Tests…


February seems to be all about tests.  All my classes have just done their mid-year grammar and vocabulary tests, my exam class students have just done a mock exam and are getting ready for the real thing in March, and... Continue Reading →

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 →

The Tai Chi of Reading


This is a ten minute presentation I gave at the recent International House Teachers' Online Conference (IHTOC60) on the Tai Chi of Reading. The basic premise is that there are certain movements or forms that exist within the Tai Chi... Continue Reading →

Changes to FCE in 2015


Following on from the extensive revision of the Proficiency(CPE) exam in March this year, Cambridge have just released a revised handbook for the changes they'll be making to the First exam (FCE) from the start of 2015.  Similar changes are... Continue Reading →

Keep Calm and Write On – #IHTOC3


For those that may have missed it, here are the slides (as pdf) from the webinar I gave at the IH Teachers' Online Conference on 3rd November. The session was a look at common problems learners have with writing for... Continue Reading →

Cambridge English Teachers’ Competition 2012


If you help learners prepare for one of the Cambridge exams, then you might be interested in their new competition: Cambridge English Teachers’ Competition 2012. All they want is one practical exam preparation idea, succinctly expressed in 300 words, for one... Continue Reading →

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