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In this section, you will find a number of blog posts, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Planning lessons and courses'. From primary-aged students to adult learners of English, the blog posts 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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25 Jan 2021

I like to call them 5 minute activities -  they are small, fast, interesting and exciting to get your students’ attention and focus...

25 Jan 2021

At -40C, schools are closed here in Siberia, but teachers work regardless, both at school and online.

06 Dec 2020

Face-to-face, remote or hybrid teaching are a widely discussed topic at present. The operative word for me is TEACHING.

24 Apr 2020

Nobody would believe that we would be asked to deliver online classes within 24 hours without any guidance and training. Actually it...

23 Nov 2019

When you prepare a lesson at home, everything seems wonderful, but then you enter your classroom it can be a different story.

21 Oct 2019

It is always a good idea to go beyond a grammar practice book and appeal to a learner’s individual experience

03 Aug 2019

I often tell my students that last lessons should be like first lessons as the beginning and end of year represent for me the two sides...

03 Aug 2019

I often tell my students that last lessons should be like first lessons as the beginning and end of year represent for me the two sides...

13 Jun 2019

We need to break down some misconceptions about language learning that some students have from the very start

04 Feb 2019

I remember one of my professors saying we should not stop an activity where students are so engaged, even though it is taking more of...

28 Aug 2018

Last year I found myself leading a large curriculum design redesign for an adult ESOL program in the U.S. Clocking in at six levels,...

26 Jul 2018

Coursebooks are only the beginning

13 Jun 2018

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jane a dull girl. All play and no work makes them dull too!

10 Jun 2018

Is it possible to adapt good old language games to play them online? I have made an attempt and here is my story

15 Oct 2017

How long does it take you to plan a lesson?

29 Mar 2017

When I was teaching full-time, I enjoyed doing all my lesson planning. That is to say, on my own and without a text book.

25 Oct 2016

As many classes are now sitting down to begin a year of study that will take them off to exam success in June next year, it is worth...

08 Sep 2016

I have a kind of formula for reading lessons that I find works with any type of text and any level. It requires very little preparation...

15 Jul 2016

A great speaking activity which requires no resources and will help your learners build the skills they need to maintain a conversation...

04 Jul 2016

This is one of my favourite speaking activities because a) it’s really flexible and can be done with any level and at any stage of the...

22 Jun 2016

"And now let's open our grammar books..."

19 Jun 2016

A great minimal resource activity to get your learners feeling relaxed and comfortable talking.

27 Jun 2015

In my first teaching job at a language school in Turkey, there was only one thing that really mattered – grammar.

31 Mar 2015

Looking at a coursebook and not knowing what to do with it is one of the most frustrating things in teaching.

26 Feb 2015

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

17 Feb 2015

Review and recycling of new language items is critical if they stand a chance of becoming readily accessible in long-term memory.

19 Dec 2014

These two very different activities by Larissa Albano and Steve Muir take Christmas television commercials and use them for engaging and...

04 Nov 2014

Facilitating learning is now expected of modern teachers, but what does that actually mean?

21 Jul 2014

Whether it's at the end of the school year, at the end of term, or just when you feel like taking stock, here's an idea for using images...