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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.

Another look at art class

The other day I came across this fab idea on Facebook and copied it in class. It’s a great way to introduce some classic (and not so classic) artwork in class. Firstly I handed out some famous painting flashcards that … Continue reading

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10 things to do when you finish the coursebook

I don’t want to rub it in but we have less than two months of school left and that time is filled with school trips, bank holidays, exams etc. This means we’re arriving at the time when we get to … Continue reading

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Learning with Lego

The exams had just finished and I’d promised we would play in class today, and we did – but we learnt too. So, I gave each pair the same 5 pieces of lego, they don’t need to be the same … Continue reading

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Vocabulary Games

Two teams (or more), choose a cool name for your team, then give the students 3 minutes to note down as many things as possible that: are yellow have 6 letters can be found in my pocket smell nice Rhyme … Continue reading

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An Inclusive Whiteboard

Here are some of the things my students have found useful in relation to whiteboard use: Use a blue pen rather than lots of different colours, green is often hard to see against the glare of overhead lights.   Lots of … Continue reading

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Collaborative Writing activity

We did this in class this week and it worked really well, give a different scenario to each group. After writing the letter one student from each group got together in new groups and had a role play dialogue discussing … Continue reading

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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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