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05 Mar 2015

If you are reading this post, then the blackout has finally ended.

28 Feb 2015

This is one of my favourite ways in to using poetry in the classroom.

28 Feb 2015

Adapt yourself to the new technologies.

28 Feb 2015

Hi everyone and welcome to the February blog topics.

27 Feb 2015

Reading, writing, listening and speaking in a new language demands a number of prerequisites -- a desire to do so; a certain level of...

26 Feb 2015

I believe that using literature in a second language is a rich opportunity to see language in use.

19 Feb 2015

When I was first learning to teach, someone told me that students have to learn a word 9 times in order for it to really ‘stick’.

13 Feb 2015

"While much is written about integrating technology into the classroom, large parts of the world still do not have reliable...

10 Feb 2015

Pronunciation is just as important with higher-level classes as it is with lower ones, and often for the same reason: it is a key part...

  • If you are reading this post, then the blackout has finally ended. At the time of writing, three days have now passed since everything went offline – no internet, no mobile phone service, and only local calls from landlines. Right now, I am well and...
  • Hi everyone and welcome to the February blog topics. As ever, thank you to everyone who contributed posts for January - it was a busy month and there were some great blog entries. If you missed any, you can read them all by clicking here.And so to...
  • "Adapt yourself to the new technologies. At home with the help of family or friends get used to smartphones, tablets and other tech tools so that you can use them in class with learning purposes. You don’t need to become tech-savvy but if you ban...
  • This is one of my favourite ways in to using poetry in the classroom. I’ve found it works with all kinds of classes, from A2 up, with teenagers or adults. Here is a ten step lesson plan for a whole lesson including eating, reading, writing and...
  •  In other words, vocabulary.
  • I have always tried to introduce authentic and graded literature in my classes with various degrees of success. Over the years, and with the belief that reading for pleasure is quite different from required reading, I have tried to lessen the...
  • I have no idea where that little gem came from, but I’m pretty sure someone made it up! Experience tells me that we grasp some items of vocabulary pretty quickly, while others slip through our fingers. There are probably various reasons for this:...
  • "While much is written about integrating technology into the classroom, large parts of the world still do not have reliable internet connections, or no internet connection at all in their schools and classrooms. In which low or no-tech contexts...
  • I have regularly taught advanced students who are extremely competent speakers, have a very wide vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammatical structures, but who have trouble understanding when native speakers produce fast speech. This was a...