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A lesson on Spam Emails


This is a lesson I have been doing with my advanced and proficiency classes for a couple of years, but I have only just got round to writing up for the blog. It works on both receptive and productive writing... Continue Reading →

Reason to Read – a genre specific approach to developing reading skills


In my recent talk at IATEFL 2015, I argued that the standard approach to reading in ELT is ineffective and that tasks which reflect a broader range of genres and more realistic reasons for reading are preferable, and I demonstrated... 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 →

Is reading allowed, aloud?


Many years ago I had something of a disagreement with a colleague who, in a class I had watched, had the learners read aloud from a chapter of Roald Dahl's autobiography "Going Solo".  Paragraph by paragraph, they went round the... Continue Reading →

#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 →

The First day of Geekmas: A short talk on using Poetry…


On the first day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  a short talk on using poetry..... It's the last / first day of the teflgeek Christmas countdown and it's been a fun, somewhat introspective, quite stressful on occasion but... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: ten tricks for reading


On the tenth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  ten tricks for reading Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way: 12 blogs... Continue Reading →

September 11th Teaching Resources


Inspired by a recent feature on The Guardian website, which invites readers to share their memories of where they were and what they were doing (click here for more detail), I was thinking about collating teaching resources on the topic... Continue Reading →

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