Category Archives: Classroom ideas

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10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug… The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

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10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 2)

Just another quick cross-blog plug… The second half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

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10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug… The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

speechbubble

10 top tips for teaching pronunciation (Part 1)

Just a quick cross-blog plug… The first half of a post I’ve written for Conversations (the Cambridge ELT blog) on “Ten top tips for teaching pronunciation” has just gone live! You can read it by clicking here or going to

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Learning Greek, Part 1: alphabet and apps for that

So, I’ve starting learning Greek. Why? How? Well… In September 2014, I was due to go to Athens for the ELF7 conference. I decided to arrive a few days early so I could take in the city’s many historic & cultural

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Learning Greek, Part 1: alphabet and apps for that

So, I’ve starting learning Greek. Why? How? Well… In September 2014, I was due to go to Athens for the ELF7 conference. I decided to arrive a few days early so I could take in the city’s many historic & cultural

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#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will: An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning. Ten students, divided into two groups. Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken

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#OneThing my student taught me today

Picture the scene, if you will: An ordinary 90-minute intermediate-level adult class.  The second of two lessons this group have in the morning. Ten students, divided into two groups. Each group has a different reading text – authentic articles taken

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IntrovELT: guided reading and writing

This is the second post in a series I’m working on to address my concerns about whether Communicative Language Teaching isn’t a bit hard on more introverted learners, with its almost obsessive focus on maximising speaking and interaction. In this series,

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IntrovELT: guided reading and writing

This is the second post in a series I’m working on to address my concerns about whether Communicative Language Teaching isn’t a bit hard on more introverted learners, with its almost obsessive focus on maximising speaking and interaction. In this series,

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IntrovELT: responding to images

Just over a year ago, I posted some thoughts about whether Communicative Language Teaching wasn’t a bit hard on more introverted learners, with its almost obsessive focus on maximising speaking and interaction. I said then that I intended to experiment

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IntrovELT: responding to images

Just over a year ago, I posted some thoughts about whether Communicative Language Teaching wasn’t a bit hard on more introverted learners, with its almost obsessive focus on maximising speaking and interaction. I said then that I intended to experiment

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Disconnected speech: a teacher training adventure

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up with a nasty cold. A couple of days later, I woke up to discover I’d lost my voice. A couple of hours after that, I was due to teach a CertTESOL input

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Disconnected speech: a teacher training adventure

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up with a nasty cold. A couple of days later, I woke up to discover I’d lost my voice. A couple of hours after that, I was due to teach a CertTESOL input

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Rokus Klett Conference presentation: Demystifying creativity

Thanks to those who attended my plenary presentation and workshop at this year’s Rokus Klett conference in Brdo, Slovenia, themed ‘Creative Classroom’. You can view the slides I used for my plenary here and download a copy of the accompanying

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Rokus Klett Conference presentation: Demystifying creativity

Thanks to those who attended my plenary presentation and workshop at this year’s Rokus Klett conference in Brdo, Slovenia, themed ‘Creative Classroom’. You can view the slides I used for my plenary here and download a copy of the accompanying

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Vocab review game – there’s an app for that!

Last week I discovered what has become possibly the most addictive app I have on my iPod: ‘Heads Up Charades’. Straightaway, I knew this would make a fun classroom activity for revising vocabulary. Regardless of whether you use it for

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Vocab review game – there’s an app for that!

Last week I discovered what has become possibly the most addictive app I have on my iPod: ‘Heads Up Charades’. Straightaway, I knew this would make a fun classroom activity for revising vocabulary. Regardless of whether you use it for

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IATEFL Poland presentation: Integrating pronunciation

Here’s the video of my presentation today at the 22nd IATEFL Poland conference (and you can view the original presentation slides here): (Thanks to Willy for being the cameraman!) And here’s a brief run-down of what I covered: Integrating pronunciation work

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IATEFL Poland presentation: Integrating pronunciation

Here’s the video of my presentation today at the 22nd IATEFL Poland conference (and you can view the original presentation slides here): (Thanks to Willy for being the cameraman!) And here’s a brief run-down of what I covered: Integrating pronunciation work