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Studies in Child Language Acquisition – #01 in an occasional series


The two year old comes "running" into the living room brandishing a blue vaguely whale shaped bath toy that has somehow been liberated from it's rightful home.  She toddles up to her father and thrusts it up at him: "Daddy! ... Continue Reading →

The Vortex Game


The Vortex Game.  This is a game I've created that can be used with any age or level - for pretty much any purpose.  It came out of a conversation with a colleague (thanks Sarah!) who was looking for an... Continue Reading →

Tea, Coffee and Comparisons


Just a quick lesson overview rather than a full plan etc today:  this is an idea for helping learners with comparisons / comparatives. Basically it starts out with the activity "Tea or Coffee", follows up with the language input stage,... Continue Reading →

Postie Postie / Agony Aunt


This is a great activity that you can use as a warmer or as a fun practice task in a number of situations. I should acknowledge that I originally saw my Dip tutor Peter Moran do this during a lesson... Continue Reading →

The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... Continue Reading →

Online Game: The Curfew


I spotted a colleague (Thanks Neil!) using this with a class the other day and it looked brilliant and so investigated - it is really impressive work! Turns out Neil spotted this on Larry Ferlazzo's site. The Curfew game is aimed... Continue Reading →

Twittercordances? – Tweetolife stats


There's a new twitter based application on the web that you don't have to sign up to twitter to use:  Tweetolife.  The software is one of the outcomes of a study carried out by researchers at the Language, Interaction and... Continue Reading →

Phoning it in? An m-learning experience.


It's early evening on a Friday about 7.30pm and the end of a long week both for me and the poor student who's ended up scheduling her lessons at a time when the only other person in the school is... Continue Reading →

Exam Classes: Gapless


Another really simple idea for all those use of english papers....  just remove the gaps. For exam classes this works with the following areas: FCE & CAE: Use of English Part One - multiple choice cloze Use of English Part... Continue Reading →

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