The ABC of ELT

7 Reasons Why I Adore Teaching Pre-Intermediate Classes 

I’ve recently started teaching an adult Pre-Intermediates group again after a few years of having other levels and groups. It’s nice to return to my first level and group and revisit the same level that I honed my skills at in my early years. It’s also reminded me of why I enjoy teaching this level. […]

A Few Simple Ideas for Young Learner Classes

Krakow Podgorze 2016

I’ve been teaching a lot of “pre-teens” [10-13] kids recently and I’ve found a few little ways to adapt activities and generate interest in topics a bit more. I thought I’d share a few of my go to idea at the moment. 1. Surveys and forms to fill in It’s amazing how a series of […]

If I started blogging about ELT today…

I’ve been at IATEFL Poland (In Szczecin) this weekend and it’s got me reflecting on my history in teaching and also writing/blogging about teaching. I’ve run this site (or something similar) for the last five year I think now. In that time a lot of things have changed (when I started, smartphones were still a […]

Weekly reviews for English Language Teachers

Reflect weekly review

I got into productivity ideas when a friend after university put a copy of Getting Things Done in my hands and suggested I read it. I was a bit sceptical but I also knew that I had a propensity toward procrastination and a poor short term memory (a common trait for people who happen to […]

5 Lessons from 5 Years of Teaching English as a Foreign Language

classroom in black and white

So at some point last year I passed the 5 year mark of teaching English as a foreign language. I didn’t blog about it at the time because I wasn’t really blogging at the time. However, now seemed like the perfect tine to look back and reflect on the biggest lessons I’ve learnt in the […]

How Teaching “is” shouldn’t interfere with how teaching “should” be

Unsplash photo back to school books and study

When I was at university I took a module in Envionrmental politics. During one class, we got into discussing animal rights and one of the points made (and rebuffed) was that seeing as human rights aren’t enforced, what’s the point trying to enforce animal rights. At that point my professor dropped the line “What “is” […]

New Years Resolutions for ELT

[blows the dust off the keyboard, cracks knuckles, starts typing] It’s a new year (well,Gregorian calendar new year, Chinese and Julian calendars have different dates but that’s by the by) and that means it’s a great opportunity for us to take stock of our lives, activities, work, and teaching. I’ve been thinking a lot about the […]

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