• You may well be familiar with scenes like this. You have probably sat through teachers’ meetings yourself where a head teacher or director has informed you of changes that seem to make no sense or which seem to reflect a fundamental and unwelcome...
  • An autonomous learner is one who goes off and does their own thing while an exam very often acts as a constraint on the learning process, focusing everything in towards what is required to get that passing grade. And yet, it is very often the...
  • Very often, this happens because what is on the page doesn’t match what the learners want or need, or because what is on the page doesn’t fit with our beliefs as teachers.There are a number of areas that can cause us problems:Mis-matched...
  • I kept thinking I couldn’t teach the language without Michael Swan’s Practical English Usage right by my side. I was sitting up all night making sure I didn’t get it wrong. But eventually, I think I learnt how to get along.And I think that point,...
  • This isn’t one of those homily type analogies where I go on to say something about becoming a friend, it’s more prosaic than that. In October I changed teaching jobs and while last year being a mentor was in my job description, this year it isn’t....
  • 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...
  • To Test or Not to Test? That is the Question.As I write this, a group of young people is sitting before me, heads bent towards their desks. Some are already rubbing their heads, there is some pen chewing going on and one young man is staring out...