Teaching

Everybody Needs An Imaginary Friend

Everyone Needs An Imaginary Friend

Most beginner level books in English language teaching start with some form of basic introductions and then move on to everyday concrete expressions. This is in line with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels A1 and A2.

Gamifying Grammar Drills

Perhaps it’s the word ‘drill’ that fuels my dislike of grammar drills,  as it conjures up in my mind visits to the dentist. Often painful,

How Seating Arrangements Affect Learning

How do seating arrangements affect learning? What is the best seating arrangement? The seating arrangements of a classroom have an effect on where students focus

Rules for Classrooms

Rules for Classrooms

At the moment I am getting ready for the start of a new course. One of the things I always tell my students on the

Teachers’-Belief-In-Students

Teachers’ Belief In Students

I’m currently reading a very interesting book entitled Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. It’s full of great insights into the way we think and

Countable Vs Uncountable

I used to struggle with explaining the difference between these for a long time until I realized a very simple truth. Countable things are easy

Crazy Recipes

This is one of my favorites. Students are put into pairs or teams in which they brainstorm vocabulary for food, filling out the first page.

Phonetic journey

I missed yesterdays update which has made me more determined to get the other ones done. This exercise is based on minimum pairs, words which only

Email Conversations

There are many ways to use this activity. You can give students an email to read and then ask them to supply the replies or

Teacher organisation poster

This one isn’t so much an activity for students as a method of signposting what everyone is supposed to be doing. The idea is you

Like, love, dislike and hate

In this activity students use an info gap exercise to fill out a chart. The teacher should elicit or give one example of ‘like’ with the

Graphic organizer for describing hair

This is an exercise for increasing vocabulary. The students place the words into the boxes and then use the organizer to create sentences.