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31 Jul 2015

Activities that require no preparation are an essential element of a teacher’s toolkit.

01 Dec 2014

Sustainable and long-term development is an ideal that all professional teachers aspire to.

18 Sep 2014

Continuing with the new academic year theme, we want to know what activities you've used or are planning to use in your first few...

23 Jul 2014

In many parts of the world, learners are coming up to a long summer break.

20 May 2014

Following up on last month’s blog topic on motivating students, what do you do to stay motivated and avoid burnout as a teacher?

30 Apr 2014

So you’ve done your CELTA or equivalent and been propelled out into the big, wide world of teaching with 6 hours of actual practice to...

05 Apr 2014

As learning technologies become more and more ubiquitous in our teaching, how can we ensure that pedagogy is at the centre of what we do...

17 Feb 2014

This is not the first time I’ve discussed or reflected on the use of course books in the classroom, neither, I’m sure, will it be the...

18 Jan 2014

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

  • These are the kind of activities you have up your sleeve because you’ve been dropped in it from a great height at the last minute when a colleague is off sick, or because your planned activities took far less time than planned. So what do you do?One...
  • The ability to stay motivated and be a reflective practitioner is what makes the job we do as teachers more rewarding. Does your school or institution recognise this and what support are you given to develop - financial or otherwise? What systems...
  • Getting to know your students and their abilities, needs and personalities is an important part of a new course. How are you going to make sure these first few classes are effective?
  • In many parts of the world, learners are coming up to a long summer break. What can they do during a longer period like this to maintain and develop their English? Apart from the typical ‘read a book’ or ‘Watch films in English’, what tools and...
  • What simple steps or strategies would you recommend to help teachers stay motivated?RESETHere are my five top tips for how to RESET your motivation!ReadThere are hundreds of ELT books out there, written by enthusiastic, engaged, motivated...
  • What now? Well, I’m no teacher trainer yet (hoping to start an IH certificate course to train in that direction next academic year!) but nevertheless here are a few tips that have served me well thus far:
  • As learning technologies become more and more ubiquitous in our teaching, how can we ensure that pedagogy is at the centre of what we do to increase learning? What tools do you incorporate into your teaching and how do you ensure they help learning?...
  • This is not the first time I’ve discussed or reflected on the use of course books in the classroom, neither, I’m sure, will it be the last. While in my first post-CELTA job, I initiated an #ELTchat discussion entitled “How to avoid death by course...
  • 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...