Teaching IELTS isn’t always fun, especially at Christmas time: when everyone else in the school is having a class party and watching Christmas specials of Mr Bean, you’re still slaving away at the coalface of academic English. So this year, I’ve tried to plan something that will satisfy the need to bring some of the … Continue reading Christmas IELTS!
As I described in my last post, I’ve recently finished the teaching practice of the DipTESOL. I wanted to share one of the lessons I created for the course, which was based around using Twitter to complain about service during a holiday. The students I was teaching were all young adults who were learning English … Continue reading Reading and Writing lesson plan: tweets, complaints and compound nouns
The past few weeks have been some of the most intense I can remember in my teaching career. I’ve written more than 30,000 words, been seemingly glued to my laptop way into the wee hours, and drunk a lot of instant coffee. Yes, I’ve just finished the teaching practice element of my Trinity DipTESOL, along … Continue reading DipTESOL practical
At school we recently had a week of classes themed on “the media”, and something that struck me from the conversations I had was that people don’t really consume media in the way that they used to. They either don’t pay for anything, or if they do, they aren’t paying for anything tangible, just … Continue reading Subscriptions and Language Learning
All teachers need to take breaks from time to time. Continue reading All change
A busy few weeks have meant an unavoidable hiatus on the blog, and unfortunately also meant that I missed this year’s IATEFL conference in Glasgow. However, I’ve been trying to catch up on what I missed, and one of the talks that grabbed my attention was this one by the great Jamie Keddie, on the … Continue reading “The unhealthy noise in our profession” – Teacher Talking Time
As many of my fellow teachers will have experienced, whenever I ask my students what they find difficult about English, a sizeable cohort will bring up phrasal verbs. It doesn’t really matter the age, level or nationality of the students, phrasal verbs seems to be the most consistent bogeyman for learners. I can understand it: … Continue reading Going through with it: exploring polysemy