A quick share from Nik Peachey’s blog: Using Fake Text Messages to Create Learning Activities Fake your text messages

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 …

6th Visit to British Council Bilbao’s Teaching For Success Conference

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 …

Using news stories/newspapers in the classroom via https://eltexperiences.com/

An intersting blog post share from the ELTExperiences.com blog

A year in Review 2017-2018

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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 …

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 Pixabay.com 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

Image credit: kahoot blog https://kahoot.com/blog/2017/09/14/

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

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: http://tinyurl.com/yahd46vu