Summer is almost over: time for a cuppa for fans of tea. Another engaging conversation lesson for upper intermediate learners with tea-related idioms! Advertisements
Coffee is popular around the world. A visually engaging B2 conversation lesson in presentation form, which can be taught online or face to face. Suitable for 1:1 or small groups.
A FUN integrated skills activity which gets young teenagers talking about food and think critically about advertising. Featuring a favourite children’s character!
It could be because it’s a lovely day, or because I have just taken more time to take care of my material writing, but I have recently been encouraged to write again, leaving aside any sense of guilt for not having done so for eons (in Internet-time units). Life goes on with its own rythm … More Summer vibes
When it comes to reading a text, how many times have we told our learners to focus on gist, on general meaning rather than on isolated unknown words, and how many times have we designed or used activities that encourage to do just that? In practice, how often do we focus on general meaning when … More Ways to Mark a Text: Reading Skills for Teachers
How many times have we wondered as teachers if the feedback we provide in class actually affects the learners’ knowledge positively ? How many times have we felt that practice prevailed over sufficient feedback in class? How many times have we thought that specific learners take our feedback lightly? The time has come to re-evaluate the role … More The role of feedback in 21st Century
By Katherine Bilsborough *Groundhog Day: a situation in which events are or appear to be continually repeated Have you ever noticed that students make the same mistakes over and over again, even when you’ve drawn attention to a specific error, explained why it is wrong and given them practice in the particular language point in … More Groundhog Day in the Exam Preparation Classroom
I am very excited about writing this, as this is my first blog post as a writer. I am also very excited because it’s about what motivates people to keep learning languages. When I first thought about writing this post, I did some reading and took notes on what factors motivated learners to learn, and … More The Teacher’s Experience as a Language Learner: a Powerful Motivation Tool
More often than not, we see our learners struggle with the new vocabulary and seem to easily forget it despite their good intentions. They spend hours and hours learning the new words, i.e., their spelling, meaning, synonyms or derivatives and they end up remembering half of them or even worse they’re not able to use … More Ways of recording new words
Instilling in learners love and passion for learning a foreign language is a demanding and ongoing process, thus making the learner feel comfortable right from the beginning of the course is a bet the teacher has to win. This is not always easy to achieve, especially with the adults, who have very high expectations of … More Motivating learners by establishing good teaching practices