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 …

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. 

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.