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About fabenglishteacher

I've been teaching English for a few years now and this blog is part of my never-ending quest to make learning English more fun, and easier for my students.

Fab Idea of the Day : This is writing, not a reading comprehension (well kind of)

I always feel uncomfortable with writing activities, I feel I’m not being a proper teacher if I sit and watch my learners work for an hour, without butting in! So this activity suits my need for a bit more bustle … Continue reading

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End of Year wrap up: a well-being activity for learners AND teachers

I had thought of calling this article something like ” how to achieve an hour of silence with 25 teens” because that’s just what happened when we did this activity last week. It’s actually incredibly powerful and I not only … Continue reading

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Bloomifying “Giraffes can’t dance”

If you don’t know this amazing book then read it immediately, it’s fab! I recently gave a presentation on using Bloom’s taxonomy in storytelling so I thought I should practice a little what I preach.   Remember: Lower level skills … Continue reading

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Shaking Up Grammar tests

If your teaching circumstances are anything like mine, you’ll be expected to give regular tests – or at least regular marks. It seems the marks are the most important thing to many of the stakeholders, and after a recent parents’ … Continue reading

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Should learning be hard?

Today my children and I have been hard at work learning, but in very different circumstances. I’m studying an online SENCO course with Leeds Becket university (see top photo), my son is playing a difficult match with his team, and … Continue reading

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A fishy story

I had a last minute replacement this week, so armed with my trusty board pen I entered the arena and… Firstly we had a good laugh drawing our picture to elicit vocabulary on the theme I’d chosen, in case you’re … Continue reading

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Positively Personalising the Present Perfect

An affirming way of practising the present perfect – as you can see students were first asked to write three of their achievements ( for some this was arriving on time in class!), they then asked questions to find each … Continue reading

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An active way of looking at the passive

In class this week the 3èmes had the “pleasure” of tasting some yummy English sauces, after looking at some specific vocab (molasses, cauliflower, yeast, etc) they completed a worksheet saying what they thought the sauce was made of and more … Continue reading

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Of Mice & Men: What would you do for a friend?

Spoiler alert: If you’re not familiar with the Steinbeck novella, Of Mice and Men, then do so now! Reasons to study it in English class: It’s short – only about 30,000 words which is around one hundred pages 2. It … Continue reading

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What we’ll be doing on our first day back

Fun stuff basically! So many of my colleagues who teach other subjects spend the first lesson giving out paperwork and telling students how to lay out their ring binders and what the class rules are. I feel that with about … Continue reading

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