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In the zone

Why does each workday have a different vibe even though I teach the same classes in the same classroom (mostly)? Today was one of those days when I felt in the zone. Most of the time, I felt fully absorbed … Continue reading

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Identity theft

Here’s a report on another no-prep activity I tried with a couple of my classes.  As the title reveals, I call it Identity theft. The inspiration came from spy movies. The story usually goes like this: to assume the identity and … Continue reading

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Speech recognition listening activity

Speech recognition (also known as “automatic speech recognition”, “computer speech recognition”, or just “speech to text”) enables the recognition of spoken language into text by computers. If automatic captions are available (on YouTube, for example), they’ll automatically be published on … Continue reading

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The Return of Translation – action research

The other day I watched an interesting presentation on YouTube called – The Return of Translation. Philip Kerr begins his talk with an overview of the arguments for using L1 in language teaching and then looks at a range of … Continue reading

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No-prep activity bank – I’m you and you are me

Earlier today in class, I tried another no-prep activity I had learned from Simon Gill at the 20th P.A.R.K. conference in Brno. Simon had a presentation on drills and one of the tips he mentioned was an activity called I’m … Continue reading

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Summary of a plenary talk – How to achieve flow in language learning

If you try to remember some of the moments in your life when you felt really happy, you may come to a conclusion that these were the moments when you were so immersed in what you were doing that you … Continue reading

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No-prep activity bank: Decribe and draw

I’m happy to announce that my bank of no-prep classroom tips has just been extended by one more activity. Earlier today, I had a group of 12-year-olds who desperately needed some speaking practice (I thought). The trouble is that with … Continue reading

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