Tag: English language

#ELTbehindthescenes of ClaresELTCompendium

#ELTbehindthescenes of ClaresELTCompendium

Inspired by Joanna's post and and this post by Tekhnologic, who have started using the Twitter hashtag #ELTbehindthescenes, I thought I'd share a little bit of background on How I plan & write my blog posts I'm not a super prolific blogger, I have to admit. My posts appear rather sporadically. I started my blog … Continue reading #ELTbehindthescenes of ClaresELTCompendium

The Expression of Present Time: Grammar Worksheet for Teachers / advanced EFL learners

The Expression of Present Time: Grammar Worksheet for Teachers / advanced EFL learners

  This worksheet provides a systematic re-cap of the functions/uses of the simple present and present progressive. Completing the exercises will lead to a list of functions/uses, with easily memorable and adaptable examples comparing the two verb forms, as well as time-lines to illustrate their meanings, and notes on differences in their implications. It is designed for … Continue reading The Expression of Present Time: Grammar Worksheet for Teachers / advanced EFL learners

Review: 50 Activities for the First Day of School

Review: 50 Activities for the First Day of School

There are lots of websites full of 'icebreakers' out there. A simple Google search, though, shows me that they often compile activities taken from everywhere, including corporate training and party games. Clearly, not all of these 'getting to know you' games will work in a classroom to engage learners or fulfill a teacher's aims for the first … Continue reading Review: 50 Activities for the First Day of School

Review: Oxford EAP (Upper-Intermediate/ B2)

Review: Oxford EAP (Upper-Intermediate/ B2)

With many thanks to my colleagues with whom I have had endless discussions about this textbook! This series of attractively-designed textbooks piqued our interest as soon as we heard about it! My review focuses on: de Chazal, E & McCarter,S ( 2012) Oxford EAP A Course in English for Academic Purposes. Upper Intermediate/B2. Oxford, Oxford University Press.  The … Continue reading Review: Oxford EAP (Upper-Intermediate/ B2)

Critical Reading Skills & Academic Vocabulary – Authentic Text

Critical Reading Skills & Academic Vocabulary – Authentic Text

Students' worksheet: click here. . Teacher's notes: click here.. Summary: A speaking warm-up activity that allows learners to speak about themselves provides the input for them to start analysing the difference between facts, opinions and stances. The analysis is prompted by guiding questions, which avoid a too theoretical approach. The three terms are then introduced explicitly and students … Continue reading Critical Reading Skills & Academic Vocabulary – Authentic Text

Formulating Definitions & Discussing Prejudice

Formulating Definitions & Discussing Prejudice

Student worksheet: click here. Teacher's notes: click here. AIMS: By working through this worksheet, which can be done independently or in class, students will be guided to notice some key features of definitions, in terms of content and language, and be able to replicate these in producing their own definitions.  Through the specific examples in focus, students … Continue reading Formulating Definitions & Discussing Prejudice

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

The Native Factor in ELT Materials

On the Materials Design itdi.pro course I'm currently doing, our tutor has prompted us to discuss: When using an authentic audio or video it is important to use only English native speakers? For me, the most problematic word here is 'only'. (Problem #2: Define 'native speaker!) And so my answer would be a flat out No. … Continue reading The Native Factor in ELT Materials

Review (part 1) – Keynote

Review (part 1) – Keynote

I've recently been given two inspection copies of the "Keynote" series by National Geographic Learning / Cengage and am considering whether I should adopt it as a set text for my EAP classes. In case anyone else out there is thinking about using it, here are my first thoughts of a review! The series, like Cengage's other … Continue reading Review (part 1) – Keynote

Help! Overwhelmed by research!

This is a short, rather personal post; a bit of a call for help! In my head, thoughts are flying around: researching, compiling bibliographies, literature reviews, not having enough time in the day to read everything properly, wasting time reading the 'wrong' things, and feeling swapmed and out-of-touch with the latest state of affairs.... And … Continue reading Help! Overwhelmed by research!

#BackToTheFutureDay Review of my past posts

Today is 21st October 2015. That means I am writing from the 'future' that Maty McFly wanted to get back to in Back to the Future! And since today is so important in time-travelling history/fiction, I've decided to look back over my posts on this blog and pick out a few of my favourites that I'd still … Continue reading #BackToTheFutureDay Review of my past posts