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End of Term Activity Ideas

Friday, June 3, 2022

End of Term Activity Ideas

The days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming, and students can almost taste the freedom of summer holidays. But before they do, there is still a tricky period of the year to navigate when classes...

What to Expect from CELTA

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

What to Expect from CELTA

The CELTA course is something you may have heard about, or you might even know someone that has done it, but do you really know what it entails? There is so much information on the internet that it’s...

Making Grammar Visual

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Making Grammar Visual

What do you think of when you see the term ‘visual’? Is it something that you embrace or something you avoid in the classroom? We’ve often heard of this term in reference to learning...

Writing Dos and Don’ts at B2/C1

Friday, March 11, 2022

Writing Dos and Don’ts at B2/C1

Writing is not something that comes easily to all our students. When we ask our students to write in class, we are often greeted with groans and protests. However, it is an important life skill and an...

Using Technology in the Classroom

Friday, February 4, 2022

Using Technology in the Classroom

Last month we took a look at the future of English teaching. So, this month we thought we’d follow that up by looking at the technology we use in the English language classroom. As we mentioned in...

The Future of English Teaching

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

The Future of English Teaching

Predicting the future is a thankless task at any time. You run the risk of being completely wrong and getting egg on your face. Nobody could have predicted how much the world of English teaching would...

Helping Students with B2/C1 Reading

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Helping Students with B2/C1 Reading

Reading is a challenging skill for many reasons and is often a stumbling block for those who want to succeed in the First and Advanced exams. According to recent research carried out by our Teacher Training...

Synthetic Phonics Activities

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Synthetic Phonics Activities

What is synthetic phonics? Synthetic phonics is a system used to teach children how to read and write in English. It’s based on single letters (graphemes) and groups of letters...

Teaching Global Citizenship

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Teaching Global Citizenship

Learning English gives our students the opportunity to communicate with people from all over the world. But what do they know about the cultures and social norms in these parts of the world? The coursebooks...

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...

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