In this section, you will find a number of blog posts, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Planning lessons and courses'. From primary-aged students to adult learners of English, the blog posts you will find here are practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your teaching and planning for all kinds of classrooms.

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29 May 2014

I think that practicing reported speech is one of the most fun activities you can do with your students in order to get them writing....

14 May 2014

Why is it that so often when we announce a writing activity a groan goes up from the class?

07 May 2014

Writing a lesson plan before a class is a bit like writing a list before packing for a trip.

17 Feb 2014

How do you feel about using coursebooks?

25 Jan 2014

One activity I turn to very often, with different people and at different teaching stages, and that never fails to deliver, is called...

20 Jan 2014

One of my favourite lessons to do, either with new or established students is one that is called ‘Lost’, I don’t suppose that this is...

20 Jan 2014

This is an activity which works at pretty much any level from Pre-Intermediate upwards.

17 Jan 2014

I first used this activity with a class of teenagers in Italy.

17 Jan 2014

Apart from a few favourite warmers, fillers and coolers, if there’s one activity which I’ve used again and again since I started...

16 Jan 2014

This blog looks at using a 'three-two-one' speaking activity for all levels.

16 Jan 2014

For me, the best classroom activities are usually the most simple, requiring little or no preparation time and few or no materials.

14 Jan 2014

Language reporter is a way to organise almost any speaking activity that can be done in pairs and small groups, regardless of the topic...

25 Apr 2010

The word ‘materials’ in education does not solely refer to a coursebook.