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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 →

The Twelve Days of Geekmas: Six Games Worth Playing


On the sixth day of Geekmas, some blogger gave to me:  six games worth playing 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 →

From Riddle to Twittersphere: David Crystal tells the story of English in 100 words


Following on from the success of the recent Radio 4 series "A History of the World in 100 objects", linguist and novelist David Crystal attempts to do the same for the English language.  An interesting read for any and all... 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 →

Changes to CPE in 2013


In 2013 the CPE exam is not only celebrating 100 years of tormenting language learners and confusing their teachers, but will also be metamorphasising into its latest incarnation.  This post takes a look at what changes are being made and what it... Continue Reading →

Halloween Teaching Resources


I'm not a great fan of "festivals" teaching in general, but this year my timetable has more young learner classes than usual and halloween is almost upon us, so here's what I managed to find to help you cook up... Continue Reading →

Global Population – 7 billion people and you


There's a really nice app on the BBC website that lets you figure out where you come in the global population statistics - for example, when I was born I was the four billionth, 50 millionth, seven hundred and sixty... Continue Reading →

Premier Skills English


  A nice cross-curricular site for all those teachers with budding Cristiano Ronaldos in their classrooms!   But with plenty for those of us who love the game but are never going to make it on the pitch! Premier Skills... Continue Reading →

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