This is one in a series of posts in which I look back on 10 years of blogging and reflect on posts from the past. Back on October 16th, one day after I was celebrating my blog’s tenth anniversary, Philip … Continue reading Reflections On… Fake News
Images can be a really effective, low prep way of getting students interested in a subject. All you need to do is show them a picture and get them to discuss their reaction to it. With the right choice of … Continue reading Images As Conversation Starters
Fake news, post-truth, and alternative facts are three buzz terms that seem to sum up this strange time we live in. It’s something that fascinates me, and as a language teacher I feel that I’m in a position where I … Continue reading Fake news – a lesson plan
A quick idea, inspired by these adverts made by unwomen.org, designed to highlight how different societies view the role of women. After having taught the model verbs, I think this would be a very thought-provoking way of putting them into context for your students. Continue reading “Google Should…”
A couple of weeks I hosted a workshop at my school on the subject of parsnips. Parsnip is an acronym standing for the subjects that coursebook writers are allegedly supposed to avoid:
Matching activities are as old as the hills. Sometimes it seems that some coursebook writers just can’t resist asking students to link a word to its definition, or to reunite two halves of a sentence, such as this example from a recently published coursebook.
Since I like to push my students to engage critically with materials, I’m always on the lookout for interesting and demanding stimuli for my lessons. Subsequently this book was just what I was looking for.
I like to challenge my students. I like to choose activities and stimuli that will prove to be thought provoking and different. I have no desire to make them, or me, feel uncomfortable, but I do feel that I need to be pushing them mentally in order for them to come up with an interesting response to the materials I provide.