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  • In particular I have a number of teens who are always difficult when it comes to homework, so I recently turned them into ‘fleet street hacks’ for some fun writing exercises.I decided to use an episode of the Agatha Christie crime series Hercule...
  • I used to think what I say in class about learning outside class makes a lot of difference. I used to think my tips and advice are important, noteworthy and likely to leave a long-lasting impact on students. It was like believing that simply sharing...
  • There is an inevitable groan that follows this statement. Heads drop. Complaints are muttered. Pencils that were on the desk a few moments ago suddenly disappear or need sharpening. The lesson either hits a lull or gets off to a painfully slow start.
  • Then I realized that I was just as bad. At school, I’d always been good at doing homework, but as an adult I just can’t seem to get into the habit. When I had a Czech lesson, I would always do my homework the night before, regardless of how long I...
  • What now? Well, I’m no teacher trainer yet (hoping to start an IH certificate course to train in that direction next academic year!) but nevertheless here are a few tips that have served me well thus far:
  • I’ve always thought writing is an effective method to learn because it allows time to think, to prepare, to make mistakes and to correct them. There are a lot of learners who disagree, though.Do your students moan and groan when it comes to writing...
  • Sometimes lessons take a direction we didn't expect. In this post I'm going to describe a short, off-the-cuff writing exercise that I did some time ago with a group of teenager students.I had been running a workshop with some teachers at a local...
  • Let me introduce you to a student. Monica is 20 and was born in 2013. She has an older sister and a younger brother and is in the process of doing a degree in Human Resources and Personnel Development. She’s been learning English pretty much all her...
  • Let me introduce you to a student. Monica is 20 and was born in 2013. She has an older sister and a younger brother and is in the process of doing a degree in Human Resources and Personnel Development. She’s been learning English pretty much all...
  • Unfortunately, all too often we teachers talk about motivation as something we have to do to students instead of helping them identify ways they can motivate themselves. 
  • I also remember how you cried when your mum insisted on your becoming a teacher and you wanted to major in interior design. Well, if it makes you feel better, I'll tell you a secret: you will love your job! There are a few more things you should...
  • I have a big problem with getting students to practise orally outside of the classroom and lesson. For my large group of French BTS (HND equivalent), oral expression is essential for their final exam.Building confidence and spontaneity is an...