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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 →

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 →

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 →

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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