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How I’m Planning My IATEFL Poland Talk This Year

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to deliver a session at IATEFL Poland in Szczecin. It was a great development opportunity that my employer helped pay for the travel. So when I saw there was an opportunity to speak again this year, I leaped at the opportunity. There was only one issue…I didn’t have […]

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 […]

Challenge! Blog 15 times within a month

This morning I noticed that Sandy Millin has started a blogging challenge informally set by Hana Tichá of blogging 15 times within a month. That’s every other day (more or less). I saw another ELT bloggers name rush past me on twitter proclaiming that they were also taking part in the challenge and it made […]

5 things that aren’t on a YL teachers job description (but should be)

There have been several moments during my career where somethings happened and I’ve thought “This wasn’t on the job description”. Mostly, these have happened with Young (and very young) learners, but there were some exceptions. Anyway, I thought I’d share 5 things that aren’t on a Young Learners teacher’s Job description (but should be). 1. […]

3 Alternatives To Hangman Which Aren’t Hangman (But Kind of Are)

Hangman is a common resident of many English language teaching classrooms. For low levels and young learners it has a great advantage of getting kids to say individual letters and help clarify some differences and confusion (for example E, I and A in Polish or H, J and W in Spanish). However, it can also […]

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