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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 →

Online Teaching Resource: Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus


The visual thesaurus was pointed out to me some time ago as a great alternative to the standard online dictionary search, and also as a great way to help learners broaden their vocabulary, particularly with higher level students who have... Continue Reading →

FCE CAE CPE: Open Cloze Battleships


An alternative to the work through it together option... Basically, you need two different open cloze tasks from a test book (or you can use the examples given in the exam handbooks available from Cambridge ESOL's teacher support site). You... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Resource: Primary Pad


Thanks to Tommy Holt for spotting this and mentioning it on facebook! Primary pad is an online synchronous editing tool - learners can access and edit the same document at the same time. This is the first tool I've come... Continue Reading →

Create Your Own Superhero


No site with "geek" in the name would be worthy of it without a reference to comic books somewhere...  So it's thanks to the marketing folks at Marvel Comics for creating this handy little Superhero creator: Create Your Own Superhero... Continue Reading →

A lesson on Learning Goals – Ken Robinson TED Talk


I first watched Ken Robinson's TED talk - "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" some months ago - a thought provoking examination of the aims of the educational establishment.  It has influenced my thinking about the aims of teaching quite heavily, though... Continue Reading →

A lesson on “Should and Shouldn’t”


This is a lesson aimed more at pre-intermediate / intermediate level learners that "introduces" SHOULD and SHOULDN'T.  Though it can be used to revise the language point if learners have met it previously! It is based around using Should /... Continue Reading →

Help with Homework


“Teacher No!”  “Teacher, I have three tests this week!” Chances are, you’ve probably experienced the chorus of protest and dismay as you blithely announce the homework task of the day.  Or alternatively as you ask your learners to present the... Continue Reading →

A Lesson on Linkers


This is a lesson that aims to increase the range of linking devices / expressions learners have available to them, and in particular focuses on five relatively simple devices:  In order to  /  so that  /  as  /  in case... Continue Reading →

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