Category Archives: tefl

Gearing up for Iatefl 2014 in Harrogate…

Getting the Most out of a Great Conference Whether you are teaching in the UK or in New Zealand, or even a village in Umbria, you have almost certainly heard of the annual IATEFL conference, where thousands of ELT professionals … 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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Is it an Error not to Correct?

To correct or not to correct? Different teachers have different views on this question, sometimes based on well thought out theories, or observation of learning in practice, and sometimes… Well, sometimes not. Being corrected: how does it feel? The thinking … Continue reading

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Smilebox at Christmas 2012 and at lots of other times…

Smilebox makes storytelling easy and fun! If you saw my 2011 Happy Easter post, last year, you’ll already have an idea of the way this site works. I started using it a lot at Christmas 2011 and have used it … Continue reading

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EFL Advent Calendar Activity 2012

Hi everyone, Last year I made a Powerpoint Advent Calendar for my students, which would work just as well this year. You can also use the Powerpoint as a template to make your own if you’d like to. :-) This … Continue reading

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Fast Forward from Iatefl Glasgow 2012

Fast Forward…From Glasgow back to everyday life I’ve actually been back from Glasgow for almost a week now and as time passes your brain begins to put things into order, classifying the kaleidoscope of talks, ideas, peoples, impressions that whirled … Continue reading

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Thoughts from Glasgow Iatefl Day One

It’s been an energizing here in Glasgow today, and I finally got to meet a few of my Twitter friends. (hope I’ll be meeting more tonight at the ELTCHAT party :-) as well. So, I thought I’d share a few … Continue reading

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The Essence of the Lesson

Lighting the spark….I was talking with two of my colleagues this morning about our lessons, and you might think we’d be discussing the focus we’d planned, or the materials etc. But, in fact, you’d be wrong. What we talked about … Continue reading

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A Voice from the Desert

A Voice in the Desert It isn’t very popular these days to like coursebooks, and I like many of my colleagues, feel that following a course book can, at times, be extremely limiting. Often we tend to equate using the … Continue reading

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Control versus Accuracy in Cambridge Exams

Is Accuracy no longer invited to the ball? For years one of the criteria for assessment on Cambridge Speaking exams was accuracy of grammar and lexis at varying degrees depending on the level. Now, accuracy seems to only be welcome … Continue reading

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