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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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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 →

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 →

Teaching Resources: Steve Jobs


It's not until someone goes that you realise the impact they had on your life - Steve Jobs was one of those public figures who inspired belief and achievement in others. One of my classes was asking if we could... Continue Reading →

Online Teaching Resource: Idioms Videos


I just came across, during a further exploration of the Pearson ELT Community site, their idioms discussions space. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of discussion, but they have posted a set of mini-videos which purport to... Continue Reading →

Are Flashcards an Effective Learning Tool? (Voxy Blog)


The Voxy Blog has an interesting infographic for teaching and teacher development, examining the question: "Are Flashcards an Effective Learning Tool?" .  I suspect most YL teachers (especially those at Primary level) are thinking "well duh" at this point. The infographic... Continue Reading →

Vocabulary Revision Game: Pointless


While visiting the UK over the summer, I was introduced to a relatively new BBC Game show - "Pointless", in which contestants try to score as few points as possible.  Or as the BBC phrase it:  "Quiz in which contestants... Continue Reading →

First Lesson or First Week Ideas


Back in July I posted a selections of 20 ideas and activities that might be worth trying out as you get to know your new classes this school year - and since then there've been a couple of additional ideas... Continue Reading →

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