Category Archives: Classroom management

The 30 questions and student thinking time

The other day I came across an interesting post by Nick Bilbrough about student thinking time, at the end of which the author poses the following question: Is student thinking time as important as student talking time? If so, what’s the best … Continue reading

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Everyone is a genius.

I must admit that the older I get, the more I appreciate simplicity and spontaneity in language teaching. It makes me very happy when a beautiful, meaningful lesson grows out of something seemingly trivial or when an impromptu action leads to something … Continue reading

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A lion or a squirrel?

When I think of dogme, what first springs to mind is the type of teaching where, ideally, all the resources and the content of the lesson are provided by the students. Although I’m by no means a pure Dogmetist, I … Continue reading

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C’mon, let’s speak

In this post, I’d like to share a couple of speaking activities I recently tried out with some of my classes. I believe that the activities are worth sharing because they generated a lot of genuine conversation as well as … Continue reading

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Just a simple idea …

In one of my previous posts, I talked about a new student from Hong Kong who’d recently joined our class. He speaks next to no Czech, but he can communicate in English pretty fluently. He doesn’t get all the grammar … Continue reading

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#BlogChallenge: What Did You Teach Today?

This post is a response to a Blog Challenge started by Anthony Smith. This is what Anthony says: Out of curiosity and intrigue, and as a means of reflection, write what you did in your class(es) today, from checking attendance to … Continue reading

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The best game ever! (How to increase student talking time)

One of the rewards of teaching a class of 16 talented, motivated 12-year-olds is that you feel that almost every activity turns into something really valuable. Not that you don’t feel the same will other classes, it’s just that with … Continue reading

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