Relate Or Learn
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
My New Book – Now Available!
I’m very pleased to introduce you to my first book, now available as an ebook on various platforms. It’s called How Was Your Weekend? 1001 Discussion Questions To Use With Your EFL/ESL Students and I wrote it as a way … Continue reading My New Book – Now Available!
Women are teachable
The following list is taken from a teaching guide I saw online a few years ago. “Make clear her part in the process or product on which she works.” “See that her working setup is comfortable, safe and convenient.” “Suggest … Continue reading Women are teachable
Images As Conversation Starters
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
Back in business…
Regular readers of this blog, if there any left (!), will have noticed that in the last couple of years it’s been a bit neglected. In fact, in the last 18 months alone there were only three posts and this … Continue reading Back in business…
Songs In the Key Of ELT – Wish I Was Skinny
An occasional series of lesson ideas using songs you’re not likely to hear in a coursebook…
Artist: The Boo Radleys
Song: Wish I Was Skinny
Written by: Carr, Martin, James
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I’ve Heard of TTT vs STT, But What Does That Really Mean?
A few years ago I wrote this cheeky post, reminding teachers that sometimes it’s a good idea to shut up for a while. I’m returning to this idea in a slightly more reflective way due to this post on Brainpickings about the twentieth-century novelist, poet, playwright, and psychiatrist Paul Goodman who examined “the nine types of silence present in life” in his 1972 book Speaking and Language. Continue reading I’ve Heard of TTT vs STT, But What Does That Really Mean?
150 ELT blog post ideas for when you’ve hit writers block
I saw this list the other day, and I thought it was perfect for adapting for ELT bloggers. So I present, ripe and ready for your Pinterest board… 150 ELT blog post ideas for when you’ve hit writers block Product review – something you use in the classroom which isn’t a book Describe your perfect classroom Describe your perfect student Describe your perfect boss Invite someone to do a guest post (but only if they have a track record or you trust them) Tell us who you are. Who you really are. Top 5 resources A day in your life Or a … Continue reading 150 ELT blog post ideas for when you’ve hit writers block
Book review – 50 Activities For The First Day Of School
50 Activities For The First Day Of School, published by Alphabet Publishing, is, as the title suggests, a highly practical resource book for teachers looking for ways to add some variety to their first day activities. The author, Walton Burns, has created this ebook as a handy guide containing a variety of tasks mainly for lower level learners, although they are easily adaptable for all abilities and ages. In fact, one of the book’s main strengths is the flexibility the activities have, and it’s easy to imagine them being tweaked for use in any lesson. Walton starts with the most … Continue reading Book review – 50 Activities For The First Day Of School
Songs In The Key Of ELT – New York I Love You
It’s time for the third part of my extremely occasional series of lesson ideas based on songs, especially the kind of songs that don’t usually appear in coursebooks. Here’s a song by one of my favourite bands of all time…
Artist: LCD Soundsystem
Song: New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down
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