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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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26 Apr 2021

Teachers are the people who are largely responsible for shaping the young minds, and thus for the future of their students.

20 Apr 2021

Vocabulary plays an important role in being able to communicate. And after you begin to learn a foreign language, communicating is the...

21 Mar 2021

Teaching and Learning principles remain the same, whether it is online or in-person; however, remote teaching requires extra skills such...

12 Mar 2021

Warm-ups are important for teachers and students alike!

01 Mar 2021

It's spring! Though there is a snow blizzard outside and the temperature is -10C, spring brings in new hope!

19 Feb 2021

Teaching online is completely different from teaching face to face, isn't it? Let's find out!

13 Feb 2021

When writing lesson plans, we need to consider a lot of things such as objectives, needs of our students and materials. Read YesimKilic'...

07 Feb 2021

Three, no prep ideas for filling in those last few minutes usefully – or for starting off a class in an upbeat way.

28 Jan 2021

The pandemic has certainly flipped our Education system, with some innovative privileges; but also with lots of uncertainties and...

27 Jan 2021
Every teacher needs some new ideas to make their lessons more enjoyable and particularly on these days when it is becoming more difficult...
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...