Classroom Activity

The Gorilla in the Classroom

The Gorilla in the Classroom

Before reading the following blog please take a look at the video below and follow the instructions it gives. The selective attention test shows how,

Hard Fun

Hard Fun

Have you ever done something where you looked up afterwards and thought “where has the time gone?”; an activity that you found incredibly challenging but

First Order Rules and Instruction

First Order Rules and Instruction

Teachers often struggle against becoming the “Sage on the Stage”. This post will look at one of the areas where the sage takes center stage

A Dice Does Not a (Good) Game Make

In the field of ESL/EFL it is common to see “board games” where the students roll a dice and then answer the questions in English

Mind Mapping Conversations

The tip of the tongue phenomena is a killer. The words just seem to freeze in the brain and refuse to come out. It is

Games and Activities

A presentation once asked the question, what is the difference between a game and an activity in an educational environment? The presenter went on to

Brawling in the Classroom

When it comes to the classroom, the most common activities tend to either be puzzles or races. In both of these cases, the amount of

Talking To Someone New

Talking to someone new

We have all been there; doing an activity in class that’s going really well. The students are engaged and talking—until we ask them to change

Idioms And Classroom Management In Asia

Idioms and classroom managment in Asia

You can learn a lot about cultures by how they chose to express themselves through idioms. The metaphors captured by the idiom often can give

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,