Category Archives: Teaching ideas

That Feeling When …

I don’t know about  you, but for me, it’s not always easy to resume teaching on Mondays or after a holiday, especially if the break was longer than usual. I normally start the first class by asking students what they’ve experienced … Continue reading

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A flood of conversation

If you need your students to practise speaking about a specific topic, here’s a simple idea you may use in class. Let’s say you want your learners to talk about natural disasters. What a great topic to start the new … Continue reading

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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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The ‘shush’ tweak and lexical priming

Did I tell you how much I love the define-and-guess-the-word activities with the ‘shush’ tweak? The tweak lies in the rule that whenever a student guesses the word (or an expression, idiom, picture, movie, etc.), they are never allowed to … 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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Mindfulness Blog Challenge

I’m proud to announce that I’ve recently taken part in The Mindfulness Summit, a not-for-profit project with a mission to make mindfulness mainstream. Now, what is mindfulness and why am I writing about it on an ELT blog? In a nutshell, … 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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Go light!

Everybody would probably agree that material light or material free lessons often turn out to be the best ones. I don’t know why it is so but I suspect that the feeling of not being pressed by the material one has … Continue reading

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