Category Archives: Thoughts

Using Video, Screencasts, Blogs and Wikis

Hi everyone, I’m afraid the magic carpet took off and then had technical trouble in October over West Yorkshire, where I was grounded for some time due to family problems. However… The MA is going on and I’m getting back … Continue reading

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A Flying Start to a New Year

Happy New Year! I know it’s September, but for most teachers this is the start of a brand new academic year, and here in Northern Italy the heat has abated and we can all breathe and even think again so … Continue reading

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How important is it to “Achieve your Aims”?

I was just wondering how much we as teachers notice when we are in the classroom, whether we can achieve our aims at all, and whether this actually matters. There has been a lot of discussion recently about dogme or … Continue reading

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Correction or Feedback?

Correction or Feedback? Last week I wrote a few thoughts on correction and how both oral and written language can be corrected meaningfully, in a separate stage from “within the task itself”. One advantage of doing this work as a separate … Continue reading

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Teaching mindfully and Facing exams courageously

I’m Back I suddenly realised that I haven’t blogged on my poor, neglected space since September!! I can only hang my head in shame and mutter excuses about how tied up I’ve been with conference sin Prague, the student blog … Continue reading

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“How to Pass Exams” a distance learning course on Udemy

I haven’t actually blogged for a while, unfortunately, which is largely because I’ve been busy developing a new distance learning course entitled “How to Pass Exams” on Udemy.com. The Reasons for this Course I decided to develop this course for … Continue reading

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Keeping an eye on the Big Picture but don’t let it terrify you!

Keeping an eye on the Big Picture but don’t let it terrify you! I’ve noticed recently how a lot of us want to learn everything straight away, and my students, despite the fact they are all intelligent young people become … Continue reading

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Backache, large classes and HootCourse in the classroom

I was reading just this morning in Brabara Hoskins Sakamoto’s lovely Teaching Village blog about how tired we teachers are all feeling at the moment, and how important it is not to burn the candle at both ends but to … Continue reading

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Grammar? Who needs it?

Not many peole in my classes really like grammar. They may think they need it, and they get a lot of satisfaction in ploughing through exercises, because we all know that when you get the answers right you feel good, … Continue reading

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Happy Easter to everyone

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