Getting Ready For Our Digital Future
In my second post in this series on online teaching, I explained how I think that the current coronavirus pandemic might speed up the increasing demand for online language lessons. And whether it happens or not, I think it is … Continue reading Getting Ready For Our Digital Future
Is Online Teaching Going To Go Viral?
As I write this, we are in the midst of the coronavirus emergency that is sweeping across the world. I have no idea what the effect of this will be in the long-term but I suspect that one of the … Continue reading Is Online Teaching Going To Go Viral?
You Are Not Alone
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
Lesson Plan: Goal Setting
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: Speech Bubbles
(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
Download Of The Month: Emoji Weekend Warmer
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
My new book – Raise Up!
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!
English only please!
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!
Books For Language Lovers
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