This weekend was an extra long, 4-day weekend for many people in Spain. In British English we call these extra holidays a bank holiday.
Here is another great vocabulay post from the Cambridges dictionary Blog, this time on the topic of appetites and eating habits. A recommend read for vocabulary lovers 🙂
Do you eat to live, or live to eat? If you’ve never heard this phrase before, someone who eats to live, eats only because they have to in order to carry on living. For this type of person, food is just fuel. Someone who lives to eat, on the other hand, regards food as the best part of living and is always looking forward to their next meal. I think it’s true to say that most of us fall somewhere between these two extremes!
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This week's vocabulary post 'be on (the right/wrong) track to do something. Lean the meaning and see some more examples of this phrase
Here is a nice collection of language on the topic of appearances from the Cambridge Dictionaries blog. It contains lots of language and expressions you can use to describe how people look people.
I was just looking through LinkedIn and I came across this post from Nik Peachey: It's another great technology tip from him, an interesting site for creating fake text message conversations. However, not only is it a top tip but the article the post links to is packed full of great ideas for using the …
Header image credit: https://www.britishcouncil.es/en/english-teacher-conference Yesterday (Saturday 21st September'18) was my 6th year attending the British Council's annual conference, Teaching For Success, in Bilbao - an annual highlight in my calendar. As with previous years, there were many great moments and takeaways, including: meeting up with CELTA colleagues; Robin Walker's use of Sting's An English Man in New …
Today I discovered the Tesoltoolbox.com blog. It’s definitely a site that’s going to be well worth spending some time with.
This post that I’m rebloging is a great simple twist on classing ranking activities. Enjoy!
Rank-ordering activities generate lots of discussion. Presented on the board, on paper, as little cards, or even on screen, we often get learners to rank things from 1 to 10 in order of preference or importance, like:
- Holiday destinations
- Restaurants in the local area
- Personal qualities in a best friend
- Ingredients for success (see example here)
- Goals for a language course (see First lessons with adults or teens)
Ranking is often chosen as a way to engage learners in a topic or personalise a lexical set. But beyond that, it’s a great for critical thinking.
A ‘priorities diamond’ is a simple graphic organiser that takes ranking to the next level. I’ve used it several times, even in training…
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An intersting blog post share from the ELTExperiences.com blog
Before the new academic year starts up it's time to look back and carry out the (third) annual review of my practice and development as an English language teacher (previous yearly reviews can be found here: 2016-17 and 2015-16 ). With these reflective pieces I want to make myself look back at the previous academic …
Nice article and some great ideas for the new school year from the FabEnglishIdeas.com blog
Write a letter – last year we wrote a letter to the queen, who replied. This year we wrote to Harry, who apparently has been to busy to answer. So next year, rather than write one letter from the whole class the students are going to write one each, or in pairs, then we should get at least a few answers.
Series Club – The plan is to choose a series during our first meeting and then fix a regular date to get together and watch an episode and discuss it in English. Friday lunch usually works well, and the main rule of course is NO SPOILERS!
Book Club – This was hard to get off the ground last time as not many students could read whole novels in English and we wanted to read YA fiction, not easy readers. So the solution we have come up with is…
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