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A passion for teaching?


Recently a colleague emerged from a particularly trying cover class experience, having decided that all of the problems that were experienced in the lesson could be traced back to a single overriding fault - the teacher's lack of passion for... Continue Reading →

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What really goes into your lesson plan?


Getting learners to think about their writing BEFORE they put pen to paper is a thankless task.  Most seem to prefer the "stream of consciousness" approach, where the words flow ceaselessly out of the brain, down the arm and out, via... Continue Reading →

What does your course bibliography say about you?


I've recently just finished teaching an Elementary business group, as part of which some extensive record keeping was required, and for the first time I actually kept a bibliography for the course.  It makes interesting reading and what struck me... Continue Reading →

#IHPortugal Training Day: Class Management


This is the first in a series of posts reflecting on seminars I attended at the recent IH Portugal Training Day. CLASS MANAGEMENT Carol Crombie IH Viseu We all have classes that we think of in ....  less than glowing... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Seven simple statements


On the seventh day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  seven simple statements 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 worth... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Eight talks worth watching


On the eighth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  eight talks worth watching 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 →

Are you worth your learners’ attention?


One of the contributors to the debate on student fees in UK universities raised an interesting point the other week.  Roger Moss, in breaking down the fees students pay when compared to what they get, calculated that they paid approximately... Continue Reading →

Essential Criteria for Effective Learning?


This was the question posed the other week on my MA discussion boards:  "Based on your teaching experience, write down the criteria you think are essential for language learning."  And it's a good question.  In many respects the ultimate teaching... 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 →

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