My take on ‘Expert Interviews’

After a little break away from updating my site, here is my version of the well documented 'expert interviews' speaking and discussion class which I did with some of my groups a few weeks ago. In a nutshell, first students hear and watch a story of mistaken identity which resulted in a difficult interview situation.  After this first stage and looking at some chunks of language,  each student is allocated a topic in which they are to be experts and answers questions from the other class members. 

Halloween Reverse Taboo speaking activity

Image Credit: Alexas_Fotos on A quick Halloween activity for the classroom aimed at intermediate and higher level  students with a focus on speaking fluency and revision of Halloween vocabulary. The idea for this activity came from a session I attended in September at the British Council's Annual Teachers' Conference in Bilbao.  Silvia Benítez and …

Kahoot homework

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Just a quick resource share and update, the engaging classroom game Kahoot has recently introduced a single player mode, or homework mode as they are pushing it.  This now means that students can engage with the quizzes independently as a homework revision activity outside of the classroom on a single screen. 

iDIOTS video – Extra speaking activity for Unit 3 laser B2

This is a short speaking activity based around the video 'iDoits' to get students talking about the effects of technology and consumerism on our lives

Article – Reflective teaching: Exploring our own classroom practice | TeachingEnglish | British Council | BBC

An interesting article from the British Council about reflecting on teaching practice .

Quizlet Diagrams

A favourite website and learning tool of mine, Quizlet, has just added a new feature.  Now you can add diagrams for students to correctly label as part of learning sets.

Katherine Bilsborough: Lesson plans – less is more

Interesting article from Katherine Bilsbrough of the British Council on the topic of lesson planning Article link tinyurl link:    

Campsite – Word of the Month – September

This month ‘campsite’ is my word of the month. Why? because before the summer break lots of my students were talking about how they were going to go to ‘a camping‘ during the summer.

Ice breaker: Summer holidays human bingo

Here is a quick human bingo activity I prepared for some of my classes using the website

My CELTA experience – It was quite a ride!

Two weeks after completing the CELTA Course and I am sitting outside my tent and starting to look back. ..