In this section, you will find a number of articles, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Understanding learners'. From primary-aged students to retired learners, the articles 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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The child as a learner - methodology article

This is the first in a two-part article which explores how young children learn languages and what we as teachers can do to help them...

The child as a learner 2 - methodology article

This is the second of a two-part article which explores techniques to help develop young children's language and how to deal with errors...

The essence of creativity - methodology article

This is the third in a series of four articles on transforming activities for creativity. The first introduced the concept of creativity...

The not-so-hidden resource - students - resources article

Every classroom has them, and every teacher has no doubt used them at some time in their career. Many teachers have no doubt cursed them...

Thinking frames - methodology article - guest writers

In this article I want to share with you a major thinking frame, that has been of great use to me in my teaching and that comes from the...

Thinking frames 2: Logical Levels - methodology article - guest writers

In this series of articles I want to explore with you a number of different filters you can fix onto the lens of your thinking camera....


As teachers of children, we often have three wishes. We want children to: 

be happy and enjoy our lessons behave in an appropriate...
Write on! - Creative writing as language practice - writing article

This article looks at creative writing and answers a number of questions about the benefits of incorporating a focus on creative writing...

Writing and elementary learners - writing article

This article is about bringing some energy and excitement to the process of writing in the classroom. It's about how to create a writing...