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28 Sep 2015

Teachers often get asked how is it that they decided to be teachers, and I am no exception.

26 Feb 2015

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

23 Jul 2014

Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure.

30 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?

17 Feb 2014

Language learning has long been dependent on the coursebook.

17 Jan 2014

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

  • My journey in the teaching career began when I was 18 years old and developed in two different areas at the same time over the years. I had just finished secondary school and I decided that I would study to become a PE teacher, which I did. But I...
  • 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...
  • Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure. To begin with, homework is usually loaded with negative connotations. How can we turn homework into an effective language learning opportunity?It is important to...
  • What simple steps or strategies would you recommend to help teachers stay motivated?I have been teaching English for more than 25 years and although there have been a few times when I felt exhausted and demotivated, I have always found a way to get...
  • Language learning has long been dependent on the coursebook. And coursebooks have been the recipients of both praise and criticism. We probably need to look at the coursebook from a different perspective.When the coursebook becomes the syllabus, we...
  • 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...