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Shoot me now… #ObservationCalamities


It was just one of those lessons.  Sometimes you can judge within about three minutes how an observed lesson is going to go – it’s about how present the teacher is, how at home they are with the class, the... Continue Reading →

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Behavioural Economics and ELT: Meaning, Acknowledgement & Pride.


It's that time of year again, where classes are winding down and courses are effectively finished in all but name and teachers round the world are looking for interesting things to do with their students for the last few lessons... Continue Reading →

IH Teachers’ Online Conference #IHTOC60


IH are running another one of their increasingly popular Online Conferences this weekend:  or at least Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May. It's a slightly different premise this time however, as the speakers are being limited to ten minute... Continue Reading →

Special Needs and ELT


I wonder what experience many EFL teachers have of working with learners with special needs. My own experience is fairly minimal - about seven years ago I did a placement test interview with a student who was partially deaf.  It... 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 →

Do learners know what they need?


There is a lot of talk about learner needs, needs analysis and learner centred lesson planning and course planning.  But do learners really know what they need?  Or do they just tell us what they want? The difference between "wants"... Continue Reading →

Teaching beliefs & Teaching Style


Go on then - what do you truly believe when it comes down to it?  It's quite a difficult question - and it can make a great lesson when you ask your class to challenge each others' beliefs (see lesson... Continue Reading →

TEFL TESOL What’s the difference?


So you're probably familiar with the acronyms TEFL and TESOL from the title to this article - Teaching English as a Foreign Language and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  But do you know which you teach?  Are you... 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 →

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