Category Archives: Fab ideas

Powerful (and fun) learning

  End of term exams and revision are upon us again and it’s a challenge to find new, interesting ways to  help the students revise. This time I gave each student a particular grammar point or topic to prepare in … Continue reading

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#3bestbits

At the start of the school year I set up the #3bestbits challenge at school, so let me tell you what it is and how it’s going. The principle is very simple, we know writing a gratitude diary is the … Continue reading

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Write a Letter!

One of the ideas I suggested in my presentation “30 things to do with a piece of paper” was to write a letter. This week the 6ème have been studying London and the Royal family, they had so many questions about … Continue reading

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Books to get your teaching mojo back

Don’t be put off by the picture, that’s just to grab your attention. Actually most of the books I would recommend for a bit of holiday reading are on my kindle of course. I say of course because recently I … Continue reading

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Tweet what you’ve learnt

I like doing this activity at the end of a unit, I ask all the students to write a tweet (140 characters max!) about what they learnt, what they found difficult or a question they have concerning the work they … Continue reading

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Lego oral activity

My students really enjoyed this activity, although they did find it challenging. You need: -a blindfold per pair or per student if possible. – some lego, about seven pieces per student, and the same pieces for each pair. Instructions: -One … Continue reading

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What would you do if….?

Revising conditionals is a great opportunity to ask some amazing questions, and as usual it’s the students who have all the best ideas…

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What I learnt at IATEFL 2016

There’s nothing like a few days with several hundred English teachers to motivate me & get the ideas flowing. To ask my students “STOP-START-CONTINUE”, what do you want me to stop/start/continue doing? Birmingham is a great place for a conference: … Continue reading

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Story Box 

The other day I was talking to a colleague who said “there’s nothing new in efl”. I didn’t agree, and told her about the wonderfully original story boxes we have created with my primary class…    They look like a … Continue reading

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Ready, Steady, Cook!

Ingredients: various utensils nicked from home a bunch of empty cartons from the recycling box a pile of toy fruit & veg a pinch of suspense lashings of students Method: 1.Explain to students how the TV programme Ready, Steady, Cook … Continue reading

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