Tag: language teaching

It’s boring only hearing from the same few students! – Encouraging Oral Participation

It’s boring only hearing from the same few students! – Encouraging Oral Participation

Recently, a colleague observed my grammar class. The 30 learners are B2-C1 level and the class is required for their degree programme (English Studies). I usually set up my gramamr classes so that the activities build on each other to move from re-capping basic points to more advanced fineties of certain structures, so we discuss answers … Continue reading It’s boring only hearing from the same few students! – Encouraging Oral Participation

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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

Worksheet: Writing a Synthesis

Worksheet: Writing a Synthesis

This worksheet guides learners step-by-step through the process of writing a synthesis in a group. Learners thus train the skills of careful reading, note-taking, paraphrasing/summarizing, and critically synthesizing information from different source texts. Collaborative team-work is also practiced. Example texts (~C1 level) are given on the topic of native vs non-native speaker English teachers; a … Continue reading Worksheet: Writing a Synthesis

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”