Category Archives: language

The Demand keeps growing higher, and higher…

Quality teaching means helping the learners to learn without feeling stressed. The theme of High Demand has stayed at the back of my mind all day today, beginning with Katherine Graves’ plenary this morning, when she spoke very eloquently about … Continue reading

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Lessons from My Office Hours

What is the point of Failure and what can it teach us?   I know this title sounds pretty bleak but it is partly the result of an episode that happened this week during my office hours, and that I … 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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#ELTCHAT Summary for November 30th 2011 How to Improve Speaking Skills using Critical Thinking (CT) without Spoon feeding.

#ELTCHAT Summary for November 30th 2011 How to Improve Speaking Skills using Critical Thinking (CT) without Spoon feeding. Hi everyone, I’ve been trying to keep up with the fast flying tweets on #eltchat recently, despite rather too much work. This … Continue reading

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Halloween will soon be here

The leaves turn and our thoughts go in the direction of Festivals Autumn and Spring are the in between times and for some reason that really appeals to me. I like the crisp feeling in the air, in autumn, the … Continue reading

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Blooming Phrasal Verbs

The title of this post, of course, may well have you nodding in sympathy for all those generations of learners who curse about phrasal verbs. The focus, though, as you may have noticed, is green and when I say “blooming” … Continue reading

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Where English has Taken Me a reply to Vicky Loras’ Blog Challenge

Yesterday I was inspired by Vicky Loras’ blog challenge and I sent her this little video I had made of my own story told through my English related wanderings. I’m afraid the beginning is a little weak but it gets … Continue reading

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Can we really listen to each other?

This morning I was reading an article about communication and why we are all so bad about it. It didn’t really say anything world shatteringly new, but it did talk about how we are all so busy following our own … Continue reading

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Flipping the classroom and the future of homework

Homework in a Digital Age Last week’s evening eltchat was dedicated to homework and I tried, which is not always easy in 140 characters, to explain how I think homework is changing in the digital world. The idea came to … Continue reading

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Making the most of Discourse

Making the most of the text Before I begin this post I’d just like to say that I am aware of the constraints authors are under when writing coursebooks, and I don’t want to write yet another attack on the … Continue reading

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