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Looking after your voice

Looking after your voice

Alongside psychological issues, voice problems are a major cause of illness among teachers.  I recently attending a workshop on how to look after your voice as a teacher (held by Frank Gutjahr at Universität Trier), and in the post I'd like to share the practical tips I heard. They'll probably be relevant for anyone who … Continue reading Looking after your voice

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Social Class in England: A Video Project with Students

This term, my students produced short documentary films, each on one aspect that influences social class in England. You can find them on YouTube under title of "Social Class in England: Is it really all about the money?" Read on to find out Why and How did this...

How to access ELT-relevant research

How to access ELT-relevant research

A while back, I summarised an article for ELT Research Bites exploring the reasons why language teaching professionals rarely access primary research reports. The main findings were that practitioners may have negative perceptions of research as irrelevant, they may face practical constraints such as expensive pay walls and a lack of time to find and … Continue reading How to access ELT-relevant research

From EFL to ELF: Materials Writing for English as a Lingua Franca – A Summary

From EFL to ELF: Materials Writing for English as a Lingua Franca – A Summary

As part of the Materials Writing SIG pre-conference event at IATEFL 2018, Marek Kiczkowiak gave a talk entitled "From EFL to ELF: Materials Writing for English as a Lingua Franca." Now, I teach and write for an EFL setting - generally homogenous groups of speakers of German studying English Studies in English. Most of them intend … Continue reading From EFL to ELF: Materials Writing for English as a Lingua Franca – A Summary

Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities

Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities

What do you do in those last 5 minutes of class when you've finished everything that was planned? Or when energy levels hit a low during a lesson? Or in that lull while the next student gets ready to present, or whatever? We all know about the need to revise and recycle new vocabulary in … Continue reading Worksheet-free Vocab Revision Activities