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Top 10 Classroom Activities for Adults

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Top 10 Classroom Activities for Adults

And lastly in this blog’s miniseries dedicated to classroom activities through the ages (see the previous posts related to children and teenagers) are adults. An adult’s motivation for learning...

Top 10 Classroom Activities for Teenagers

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Top 10 Classroom Activities for Teenagers

Teenagers can be pretty tricky customers when they want to be, and these are often amongst the most challenging groups for teachers. One of the biggest issues is that teenagers’ moods can be so unpredictable...

Top 10 Classroom Activities for Children

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Top 10 Classroom Activities for Children

We all know how important it is to keep children engaged in the classroom, but it’s sometimes hard to think of new activities to keep them on their toes. As you take a little break over the summer,...

The Myth of the Native Teacher

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

The Myth of the Native Teacher

All of our teachers are native speakers”. It’s highly likely that you’ve seen or heard this phrase in many an advert for language schools or academies in the past....

Wrapping Up the School Year

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Wrapping Up the School Year

We’ve made it to the end of the school year, and what a year it’s been! Last April, we wrote a blog post about what we’d learnt from online teaching and now we find ourselves thinking...

Challenges of Teaching YLs

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Challenges of Teaching YLs

What comes to mind when someone mentions teaching Young Learners? Perhaps it’s children running around the classroom? Or teenagers sitting in silence with faces like thunder? Whatever it is, it’s...

Continuing Professional Development

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Continuing Professional Development

Being a teacher is one of those jobs in which you never know what you’re going to encounter in class on any given day. There are so many variables that make teaching both exciting and nerve-wracking...

Preparing Students for Exam Speaking

Monday, March 8, 2021

Preparing Students for Exam Speaking

Exam speaking can be a frightening prospect for a number of reasons and is one which makes students sweaty and nervous just at the thought of it. We’ve all been there; at school, at university or...

Teaching Business English

Friday, February 26, 2021

Teaching Business English

In an increasingly globalised world, being able to speak English in an international context has become an essential skill. English is the language of international business and teachers need to be ready...

Teaching VYLs

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Teaching VYLs

As the learning of English around the world has become more and more prevalent, the age of our learners is becoming younger and younger. There are more language opportunities for VYLs than ever before...

New Year’s Resolutions

Friday, December 18, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions

Well, fellow teachers, we’ve finally made it to the end of 2020, and we hope that you are all feeling suitably pleased with yourselves for making it this far. When we first wrote about our online...

Learning to Listen

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Learning to Listen

When we do listening activities in the classroom it is often little more than listening practice. While this is certainly of benefit to the students, it is not the most effective way of helping them to...

Great Grammar

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Great Grammar

In our last post, we gave you some ideas on how to make grammar more engaging for YLs, and we hope that you have been able to put some of this into practice in your classes when teaching grammar. In order...

Making Grammar Engaging for YLs

Monday, October 26, 2020

Making Grammar Engaging for YLs

Grammar, when it appears in a coursebook, can sometimes be presented in a somewhat dry and uninspiring manner. It therefore often falls to the teacher to make the grammar lesson engaging for the learners....

The Ever-Changing Classroom: Planning for Every Eventuality

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Ever-Changing Classroom: Planning for Every Eventuality

As we mentioned in our previous blog post, the current pandemic has altered the way we deliver our classes forever and we predict that things are never going to go back to the way they were. But has this...

Challenges and Benefits of Being Back in the Classroom

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Challenges and Benefits of Being Back in the Classroom

After what seems like a lifetime out of the classroom, we are finally back in and have to adapt to teaching with new restrictions in place. Online teaching was eye-opening for us all and has given us teaching...

What We’ve Learnt from Online Teaching

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

What We’ve Learnt from Online Teaching

If you had done a survey a few months ago amongst English teachers about whether they had heard of an online meeting platform called Zoom, I’m certain that you would have got very few people saying...

Practising Pronunciation

Monday, October 28, 2019

Practising Pronunciation

On the 22nd September 2019, I was lucky enough to be able to give the plenary talk in Bilbao for the British Council’s annual Teaching for Success conference. For this event, I thought...

Setting Class Routines for YLs

Monday, October 28, 2019

Setting Class Routines for YLs

A routine is a set of tasks or procedures which are regularly implemented in class to promote positive behaviour and good classroom management. If done consistently in classes of Young Learners, a good...

Preparing Students for Exam Season

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Preparing Students for Exam Season

It’s getting to that time of year again when many of our learners are getting ready to take their English exams. This is when they find themselves under a great deal of pressure to succeed and many...

Top 10 Things you Learn on a CELTA Course

Friday, April 12, 2019

Top 10 Things you Learn on a CELTA Course

As I am sure most of you are aware, when you study on a CELTA course, you learn how to teach English. But what does that actually involve and what other skills do you learn on the CELTA course. The answer...

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