Tag: Language education

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

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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

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

Take control of your teaching career using the European Profiling Grid

Take control of your teaching career using the European Profiling Grid

A talk I attended earlier this year in Birmingham (IATEFL 2016), by Joel Cutting & Richard Kelly based at Eurocentres Bournemouth, aimed to provide advice on career management for ELT teachers, and practical ideas on making the most of your current position and moving towards your dream teaching job (See conference programme & talk abstract here). They proposed asking yourself the following questions:  - … Continue reading Take control of your teaching career using the European Profiling Grid

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

My Webinar: “Assessing and Marking Writing: Feedback Strategies to Involve the Learners”

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of hosting a webinar (my first ever!) for IATEFL's TEA SIG. For those who weren't able to join in, here's a run down and a link to the video! This talk provides teachers with time-efficient strategies for giving feedback on EFL learners’ writing which actively involve the learners. I … Continue reading My Webinar: “Assessing and Marking Writing: Feedback Strategies to Involve the Learners”

Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials

This week, I've outsourced the discussion question from my Materials Development course. I asked my teacher friends and colleagues: Which ONE piece of advice would you give to a teacher who wanted to create their own classroom materials? My top tip is: First plan the aims you want to achieve with the materials, and use … Continue reading Practical advice on developing your own teaching materials