10 years ago today I published my first post on this blog. A lot has happened in those years (I wrote about most of them here) and while I haven’t posted as much as I would have liked, I’m pretty … Continue reading Time to reflect, 10 years on…
I’ve become a bit of a fan of stoic philosophy recently, and I’ve found it very useful in helping me to reflect on who am I and how to live and teach. I won’t go into it here, but I … Continue reading You Are Not Alone
If, as Socretes said, an unexamined life was not worth living, then I would argue that an unexamined course is not worth taking. By this I mean that I think it’s crucial for learners to understand why they are doing … Continue reading Lesson Plan: Goal Setting
(Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas was an idea originally conceived by Sandy Millin, and shared on her blog of the same name. In her words… I will post a prompt for you to exercise your teaching muscles by making suggestions on … Continue reading (Almost) Infinite ELT Ideas: Speech Bubbles
Here’s a quick, fun warmer that you can use with students of any age. You could also use it as a way to review past simple verbs. I got this idea from a talk I saw Lindsay Clandfield do a … Continue reading Download Of The Month: Emoji Weekend Warmer
A new year and a new decade seems like a good point to get back into this blogging thing, doesn’t it? I’ve really missed it, as I think it was a crucial part of my professional development, but alas, in … Continue reading 10-Year Challenge
I’m delighted to present my second self-published book, Raise Up, written with my friend Ilá Coimbra. We wrote this book with a simple aim – what would a mainstream English language coursebook look like if it represented a wider range … Continue reading My new book – Raise Up!
At a school where I used to work some years ago, we had an English only policy. It wasn’t just English only in the lessons, which is one thing, but it was a 100% English only in the building policy. … Continue reading English only please!
Like many of you, I’m sure, I love books about language and it’s oddities, curiosities and weird little habits. I thought I’d share a few examples from my collection here with you, and while I can’t say I’ve read them … Continue reading Books For Language Lovers
Last month at the BRAZ-TESOL conference in Caxias do Sul, I was faced with the kind of decision making process that everyone has when you are at a big event like this – what talks do I see? When faced … Continue reading Relate Or Learn