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The ABC of ELT

What Are Students Looking at? and Is It a Problem?

One of the things that I have found myself wonder about recently, is what the students are looking at when they aren’t “paying attention” To me during a class? Usually it’s a source of annoyance for me as it is almost inevitably a sign that they won’t have got the instruction or noticed the important […]

The Ideal Timetable (Does It Exists?)

I’m fairly convinced that the ideal timetable doesn’t exist. One of the aspects I initially loved about English Language Teaching in Private schools was the fact that I could wake up later and stay up late. That soon changed when I picked up an early morning Business class and found that I then had to […]

General reflections on IATEFL PL 2017

Saint Mark’s church tower in Bielsko-Biała

Yesterday I presented at, and then returned from, IATEFL Poland in Bielsko-Biała-Biała. I had a great time (dare I say better than the previous year) and felt really fired up for the new academic year that will soon be starting. I hope to share some specifics from certain sessions but today I want to give […]

ELT Conference Survival Kit

Picture of a boat on the beach in Scotland

With IATEFL Poland coming up (er today), I thought I’d go into what I’m taking with me to this ELT conference, my ELT conference survival pack if you will. Some of these aren’t really necessary but make the experience much nicer in my opinion. a bottle of water Four years ago I heard a podcast […]

How to Cope When There Is a Teacher You Just Don’t Get on With

I’ve taught in three different year round schools and several years at summer schools with probably over 100 different colleagues during that time. The vast, vast majority of these people have been really great coworkers. Some were better teachers, some were extraordinarily generous, some were very wise and others were just good fun. However, I […]

The Master of None English Teacher

One of the attributes I’ve looked for in job opportunities has been to not be lumped with only one type of student. Be that general english, adults, teens, in state school, business or whatever. It’s not that I dislike any of these groups of students its just that I really enjoy and value the variety […]

It Will All Be Different in a Few Years

Yesterday I saw an image from 7 years ago of the first Dnipro FC game I saw in the Ukraine. That means it’s 7 years since I arrived in Ukraine and my English as a foreign language teaching career began. During that time I’ve come across lots of different theories and research and the only […]

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