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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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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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Being a teacher means…

Recently I asked my students to give an oral presentation on the job of their choice. I was surprised to see how many chose to talk about teaching, but in retrospect it’s probably the job they see the most of … Continue reading

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The Restaurant scene with a twist

It can get a bit repetitive, at least for the teacher, to re-enact restaurant scenes every time we do a chapter on food, so to brighten up the lesson a bit… I bring in some realia which the students love; … Continue reading

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How to draw like a star!

Look! Aren’t I good at drawing?!! It’s dead easy – here’s my secret: Just beam the image you want to copy onto the board before your students come in!! I love doing this to incite a bit of curiosity before … 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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What I’ve learnt from my teachers

The wonderful @stephanootis has recently posted on “Would I like to be taught by me?” – a very interesting question. She goes on to mention what she’s learnt from her Pilates teacher, so here’s what I’ve learnt from teachers who … Continue reading

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The Feel-Good factor in the language classroom.

It’s quite scary learning a foreign language. Communication is a big part of who we are, and being able to express ourselves “correctly” is seen as a sign of maturity and intelligence by many people and in many places. It’s … 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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Games Day

Every so often we drop everything and have GAMES DAY! – For example when I’m covering for a sick colleague! The principle is simple, a) Get out every game you have and set the classroom so the groups can go … Continue reading

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