Yearly Archives: 2014

Mulled Wine – A Christmas Treat

I’ve had lots of requests for the mulled wine recipe I used at our Christmas drinks party last night, so here goes. It’s based on a Jamie Oliver recipe which can be found here.  It takes a bit more effort … Continue reading

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How to write a TEFL CV

Part of my job involves teacher recruitment and therefore I’ve seen a good number of CVs over the years. Very few of the CVs have stood out, and many have been, quite frankly, terrible! Some facts about CVs Recruitment websites … Continue reading

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Warmer of the Week – Polarisation

Here’s an idea for a simple, low preparation, communicative activity to set the context and lead in to your lesson. The basic procedure Write ‘I agree’ on one side of the board and ‘I disagree’ on the other side of … Continue reading

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Thank you for 100,000 hits!

So after starting this blog as a New Year’s resolution back in early January, today sees me welcoming my 100,000th view.  I must say I’ve been rather overwhelmed by how far reaching the blog has been: 180 countries and counting… … Continue reading

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Routines with Young Learners – A guest post by Jenny Holden

Today I have the great pleasure of publishing a guest post written by the Young Learner Coordinator at my school. I’ve been trying to persuade Jenny to share her YL expertise here for some time and she finally surrendered. Some … Continue reading

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A Story out of Context

Today I cleared out a cupboard full of old teaching material (I know how to have fun!)  I had accumulated files full of worksheets and little cut up cards I had made or photocopied years ago and inexplicably saved. I … Continue reading

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Getting Instructions Right

This is my third post in a series of posts going ‘Back to Basics‘, re-examining techniques and ideas introduced on teacher training courses. One of the first things that is often taught on a teacher training course is the importance of … Continue reading

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Timelines in EFL

This is my second post in a series of posts going ‘Back to Basics‘, re-examining techniques and ideas introduced on teacher training courses. What is a timeline? A timeline is a visual representation of the relationships that exist between tense and … Continue reading

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Concept Checking Revisited

This is the first (hopefully) in a series of posts going Back to Basics, re-examining techniques and ideas introduced on teacher training courses. Many teachers are introduced to the idea of concept checking in their initial teacher training courses, try it … Continue reading

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Back to Basics

It’s June in Sicily… Not only does that mean it’s starting to get really hot here in Palermo, but it also means I’ll soon be wearing a different hat at work… We have a CELTA course starting in a couple … Continue reading

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The 5 Second Rule

There is a common adage that any food dropped on the floor is safe to eat if picked up within five seconds. Now I’m not sure if this is a theory I subscribe to wholeheartedly but I’d be lying if … Continue reading

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Come Cline with Me!

This is a follow up to a blog post I wrote a couple of months ago on using clines in language teaching, First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you to all the readers, numbering over 35,000. … Continue reading

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Keralan Chicken Masala

This is a recipe for a really great curry. I picked it up on a cooking course in Cochin, Kerala, in India.  I also picked up a great dal recipe, you can find this in a previous post. Ingredients Chicken … Continue reading

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How did it get so late so soon?

Despite its questionable grammar and lack of apostrophes, I like the Dr. Seuss poem above. It highlights a common difficulty faced by many teachers. 5 minute warmer took 25 minutes? Lesson ended on a grammar presentation? No time for practice? … Continue reading

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Headway in Harrogate

This is my first post as a registered IATEFL online blogger. I’ve never actually attended IATEFL but have always found the online sessions a valuable resource and hope to share some over the next week or so. First up, a … Continue reading

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Liven up a Listening

Not sure what to do with a listening text coming up soon in the unit? Don’t like the comprehension questions in the book? Want some ideas to liven it up? Pre-listening Prediction work can be a really useful pre-listening activity, preparing … Continue reading

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Subject and Object Questions – Explained

Do your students ever have trouble using questions with and without auxiliaries? For example: Who won the race? (Why is there no auxiliary verb?) What did he win? (Why is there an auxiliary verb?) Here’s a short video I made … Continue reading

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Clines in Language Teaching

What is a cline? The British Council Teaching English website defines a cline as ‘a scale of language items that goes from one extreme to another, for example, from positive to negative, or from weak to strong’. Why are clines … Continue reading

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Tweaking your Boardwork

What do you do with the vocabulary that comes up in a lesson? Where do you write it on the board? Many teachers keep an incidental vocabulary column at the side of the board and this can have many advantages. … Continue reading

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Riverbank

Also known as a board jump, this versatile activity can liven up grammar and get students up out of their seats in a controlled TPR practice activity. This is good for language points which have two (or three) options to … Continue reading

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