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Lexical Leo’s #OldELTPost

Leo Selivan is an English Language teacher out in Israel who sometimes goes by the superhero alias of “Lexical Leo” as you might expect Leo is a bit of a Lexical approach fan and frequently writes (and talks) about both the theory and practice of the Lexical approach.

His blog ( is where you can find most of his writings but he has also appeared on other sites, including the Guardian Newspaper.

You can find out more about him from his About page.

Nice to meet you Leo, what’s #OldELTPost?

The idea behind #OldELTpost is that we find and share our favourite blog posts by another blogger (in this case Leo) after a week this means there are some great old blog posts to read that people might never have read but also we recap and refresh our memories on the great blog posts we’ve read before. Perhaps this will remind us about some ideas we had but never actually put into practice, or maybe it will just encourage us for next time.

The way to do it

The process is simple.

  • Go to Leo’s blog
  • Find a good blog post (check out the popular posts or use the search function if you don’t know any by Leo)
  • Share it with everyone else (either on twitter, with the hashtag #oldeltpost) or in the comment section here.
  • Relax with a good book till next week
  • Read the other suggestions next week (with your drink of choice)


That’s it! Simple right?

If you’re up for the challenge and want to ask more people to join in then you can tweet this post

What’s your favourite blog posts by @leoselivan ? please share it for #oldeltpost [click to tweet]

Or if you’d like to read more about #oldeltpost and check out some other people’s blog post then click on this link

About Chris Wilson

I'm an English Language teacher based in Krakow, Poland. I enjoy writing, using technology and playing the Ukulele.

4 Replies

  1. hi chris

    loads to choose from, he is very busy is Leo!
    from recent memory and a Leo post which directly inspired a post from me is the binomials post -

    1. Ah I remember those two posts soon after each other. A very good tag team effort! Thanks for the recommendation Mura.

  2. Hi Chris

    Thanks for the encouragement to have a browse through Leo’s blog. Like Mura says, there are so many good posts and it’s difficult to choose just one so I’ve got three!!

    Two that stood out to me when I first read them are:

    Start teaching lexically

    Explaining the difference between (near) synonyms

    And, one that I had missed but I’m very glad to have come across now.

    Lexical priming


  3. Hi Chris

    First of all, thank you for featuring my blog in your #OldELTPost series.

    If I had to pick my favourite, I’d say my favourite posts are classroom activities which I have now moved to a separate section entitled For the Classroom:

    I like them most because this why I originally started a blog: in order to share classroom ideas and activities. This was before I went on to write more serious, reflective posts about topics that are a little above everyone’s head, according to
    this 🙂


    P.S. Only two other comments? 🙁 How come?

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