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Cambridge Advanced writing – learning to answer the question


Keeping writing relevant to the question is something that learners often have difficulty with.  Sometimes this is because they mis-identify the key content points, sometimes it's because they write their answer for the wrong purpose. This is the outline of... Continue Reading →

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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 →

#BBC Podcast – The Trouble with Moody Teens


There was an excellent podcast on the BBC - Podcasts - Documentary of the Week page recently.  Sadly, BBC policy is only to host these documentaries for a seven day period, which has no expired, so unless you know someone with... Continue Reading →

Getting learners writing: FoldBooks!


It can be difficult to get learners writing, especially young learners who often see writing as an imposition on classroom fun and games - so fun ways to encourage learner writing are always welcome. At the FoldPlay website, they've come up with FoldBooks.... Continue Reading →

#IHPortugal Training Day: Facebook in the Classroom


This is the second of a series of posts reflecting on seminars I attended at the recent IH Portugal Training Day.  Click the link to read the first post on "Class Management by Carol Crombie". FACEBOOK Robert Dickson & Stephen Wardle IH Lisbon... 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 →

Using Haiku for Summary Tasks


Summary task woesUnfound ideas from the textsLacking clarity What is a Haiku?Distillation of ideasConcisely worded  This could go quite wrongHaiku for summary tasks?Might be worth a try    Learners at CPE (Proficiency) level frequently have issues with the comprehension and summary task on the... Continue Reading →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Five Favourite Things


On the fifth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  FIVE FAVOURITE THINGS 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 →

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