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A listening (drawing) & writing activity

I have this brilliant student called Aurelien, actually I have lots of brilliant students but this boy often comes up with ideas that I use in class or share with other students. The other day Aurelien and his partner came … Continue reading

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Things to do with a paper clip

You’ve probably seen activities like this before, as many things as you can think of to do with a cabbage, a brick etc. Apparently (or so I tell my students!) NASA use this creativity test in their selection process, I … Continue reading

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What day do most burglaries take place and other ideas to get students thinking

A few days ago I posted details of my whiteboard layout and mentioned “ponders”, these questions or phrases are written up in a corner of the whiteboard and give students something to ponder upon during lulls in the lesson or … Continue reading

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Whiteboard layout

This is what my board layout (and the back of my students’ heads!!) looks like, it’s a comforting routine – for the students and myself to fill it out at the start of every lesson, day and date goes in … Continue reading

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10 reasons to attend a conference

A day or more surrounded by the most motivated and vibrant group of people you can imagine, I have never attended a conference anywhere that was attended by morose, unmotivated teachers – they all stay home!   2. The chance … Continue reading

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The Teacher you want to be – Teaching Resolutions

This was a great workshop given by Colin MacKenzie at the recent TESOL France colloquium. Colin asked some very useful questions and really got me thinking, and is especially useful at this time of year when many of us are … Continue reading

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How to get them writing

I have an uncomfortable relationship with writing, I mean I know it’s important, parents are always asking me if they do plenty of writing – especially those of higher level or English speaking students – it is one of those … Continue reading

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Great games for lessons

All too often when we talk about games in language lessons we mean some “fun” way of practising the present perfect for with a dice or a board for example, I’m not sure all my students are convinced by this! … Continue reading

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Does this story ring a bell? – Presenting Shakespeare to teens

Imagine your dad had just died? How would you feel? (Obviously be careful that you know the family situation of your students first.) Now imagine your mum remarried, how would you feel? She married your uncle (dad’s brother), any thoughts? … Continue reading

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Mood Boosters for Fast Finishers

I’ve talked before about Fast Finishers as you can see in the category section to your right  and I’ve even produced an ebook full of them! Here‘s a bunch of ideas for creating cheer and wellbeing at the same time. … Continue reading

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