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The case for and against RP


"Since being in hospital, the only people I have heard speaking in the UK prestige model of "received pronunciation" are some of the consultants and surgeons.  Everyone else in the hospital is from everywhere else." In a recent post, about the... Continue Reading →

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#ELTChat Summary: Teaching at a Discourse Level


How can we focus language teaching more at discourse level rather than sentence level? The first #eltchat of 2012 attempted to answer this question!  I wasn’t actually there and didn’t take part in the chat and I’m still not quite... 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 →

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 →

The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... Continue Reading →

A film or DVD based lesson (any film)!


It's the end of the school year at the moment and most of my classes have been badgering for "Movie, teacher! Movie!" for some time.  Resistance would seem to be futile.... Basically, what they want to do is sit down... Continue Reading →

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