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31 Jan 2015

Hi everyone. Happy New Year to you all and apologies for the delay in getting the January topics up on the site!

24 Jan 2014

How does blogging help you to be a better teacher?

21 Jan 2014

There is blogging as an internet activity: anybody can create a blog, an online diary, and pour out one’s soul to the whole wide world...

20 Jan 2014

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

18 Jan 2014

This is my first blog post on the British Council Teaching English webpage.

17 Jan 2014

Teenagers are often described as an unwelcome bunch of learners that pose multiple difficulties to teachers.

17 Jan 2014

Perhaps the quality above all others that makes a good teacher is the ability to reflect on what, how and why you do what you do in the...

17 Jan 2014

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

17 Jan 2014

The way the title of this post is phrased seems to imply a built-in assumption that I’m a better teacher and that blogging helps it.

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.

15 Jan 2014

Two factors help my non-stop development as a teacher: continuous learning; and sharing what I learned with others.

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...

14 Jan 2014

The average teacher has an impact on nearly 3000 students in their lifetime.

13 Jan 2014

My favourite activity is the See-Think-Wonder thinking routine from the Visible Thinking Programme (Harvard University-Project Zero)....

10 Jan 2014

When adults talk about adolescents, it seems at times that they mean some species that are totally different from human beings.

09 Jan 2014

All the world is a stage, and all the people are merely players.

31 Dec 2013

Overall, students and teachers feel motivated through content and language integrated learning experiences because they offer...

  • Hi everyoneHappy New Year to you all and apologies for the delay in getting the January topics up on the site! I hope you've all had a good break if you were on holiday and that 2015 is a great year.The topics for January are below. Happy blogging!...
  • I started blogging in 2010 when I was introduced to the idea through the MA course I was studying at the time. Since then, it has become a major part of my personal professional development –indeed, I even based my MA dissertation on the topic of...
  • Alternately, it is easy to organize a thematic blog, using one of the numerous platforms which provide the service. Thus, I maintain a travel blog for family and friends, to post short descriptions and photos of places I have visited.However, “for...
  • This is an activity which works at pretty much any level from Pre-Intermediate upwards. It works with classes you know well, and with classes you’ve only just met. In fact, I often use it if I have to do a last minute cover with no time to prepare...
  • Thank you BCTE for allowing me to post! :-)Without any further ado, on to the question - one of four topics on offer for January 2014 - of How does blogging help you to be a better teacher?. Here are some of the words that popped into my mind on...
  • Teenagers are often described as an unwelcome bunch of learners that pose multiple difficulties to teachers. And it may be true as it is for any age group when you do not know how to deal with them. I have been teaching teenagers for the past 20...
  • If reflection is indeed the key to successful learning for teachers, then blogging is one of the most valuable tools available to us.Ten years of blogging
  • I first used this activity with a class of teenagers in Italy. The mixture of putting the teacher on the spot, silliness and hard work appealed to them. It has since become my number one favourite minimal preparation lesson for almost all ages...
  • In 2009, when I moved to Switzerland, I did not even know what a blog was. I had heard it floating in the air in discussions, but something negative in my life then helped me discover blogs for what they were. To cut a long story short, the position...
  • I’d like to start by being fair and making it clear that I possess no such evidence and indeed wonder what this evidence could be. If you google “good teacher” you’ll get plenty of links with multiple answers to the question of who a good teacher is...
  • Apart from a few favourite warmers, fillers and coolers, if there’s one activity which I’ve used again and again since I started teaching, it’s Map of Spain (or Map of insert the name of the country where you work. With multilingual classes, you...
  • Using a "Three-Two-One" Speaking Activity
  • A simple IdeaFor me, the best classroom activities are usually the most simple, requiring little or no preparation time and few or no materials. They are activities that can be adapted to use effectively with groups of different sizes, levels or...
  • Truth be told, at times I feel like I have already developed.Yet every day may bring in a new challenge: any book may present an unknown word or expression, and an unexpected language problem may pop up in any medium, be it a TV show or a news item...
  • Language reporter is a way to organise almost any speaking activity that can be done in pairs and small groups, regardless of the topic, but with some quality time to spend on feedback, which is the most important part of it. To do this you will...
  • Imagine what we could achieve by inspiring 3000 students? With this in mind, I take my mission as an educator very seriously. It’s important I reach my goals and be the kind of teacher who positively impacts my students. However, I figured out a...
  • My favourite activity is the See-Think-Wonder thinking routine from the Visible Thinking Programme (Harvard University-Project Zero).Thinking because it promotes students’ critical thinking skills and dispositionsRoutine because of the systematic,...
  • When adults talk about adolescents, it seems at times that they mean some species that are totally different from human beings. Let us look at a few factors which may come in useful in dealing with teenagers.High school pupils may look quite grown...
  • ROLE PLAYING AS MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE ACTIVITY All the world is a stage, and all the people are merely players. We EL teachers play-act at every lesson. Our audience's attention may be captured during the very first seconds of their very first...
  • Overall, students and teachers feel motivated through content and language integrated learning experiences because they offer possibilities to use the language meaningfully by learning new contents through the language. Within language-driven models...