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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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Online Game: The Curfew


I spotted a colleague (Thanks Neil!) using this with a class the other day and it looked brilliant and so investigated - it is really impressive work! Turns out Neil spotted this on Larry Ferlazzo's site. The Curfew game is aimed... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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