My school's policy on sharing materials and photocopies at the start of the 2020-2021 school year was simple: don't share anything, don't give handouts. Easier said than done when you don't have a lot of time to digitalise (digitise?) resources you've spent several years building up. Despite an abundance of online resources and tools that… Continue reading Online games in a paperless classroom
Do you currently teach CAE? Maybe you'll be familiar with some of these complaints from students in the months leading up to the exam. And if you don't teach it at the moment, but might in the future, then see below for the trials and tribulations of the average CAE student, and some ideas which… Continue reading Writing at CAE: milking the test books and upping the game
Photo by Asad Photo Maldives on Pexels.com I'm a huge fan of Desert Island Discs. If you haven't heard of it, here's quick breakdown: a celebrity, referred to as a castaway, is interviewed on BBC Radio 4, and is asked which 8 discs they would take with them if they were cast away to a… Continue reading Desert Island Discs – conditionals, micro-listening and music
Picture the scene. It's Monday afternoon, about 5.15 pm. I can hear the distant shrieks of my 8 year-old Young Learners about to enter the building. They know, because they have been told on MANY separate occasions, that there are lessons going on around them as they come in, so it's definitely NOT OK to… Continue reading Breathe your way to sanity
I've always loved board games, and in happier, pre-pandemic times, these also featured quite heavily in my lessons. For those of you lucky enough to be able to use physical boards, counters and dice, here are some of my favourites. And for those of you who, like me, are limited to the virtual joys of… Continue reading Getting dicey – Part 1
One of the first things I was taught when I faced a classroom of Young Learners was that they needed a system: one that would be appealing enough to get them to stick to the class rules, and would motivate them throughout the year. I made an absolute mess of this in my first year,… Continue reading Keep ’em in line!