Going back to work after a holiday break is difficult enough without worrying whether our ideas for the new semester are big and bold enough to dazzle our learners and make us feel like good teachers. In this post, I’m sharing my thoughts on going small and actually making a big difference.
Let me share with you my favourite Christmas videos and some ideas how to use them in the classroom. I prepared these for my teenage and adult students, levels B1 – C1.
Teaching articles has always posed a major professional and cognitive challenge for me. I’d always feel relieved once the lesson was over and never looked forward to tackling this issue. I decided to face this challenge inspired by the Twist’17 Conference manifesto and I presented the lesson plan I created during my session yesterday. Keep to reading to learn about this journey and download the lesson plan.
Here are my 3 favourite vocabulary revision activities for teens. They work best with groups of at least 4 students. Each activity requires some preparation from the teacher but they all aim at maximising the students’ participation, collaboration, and decision making.
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This short activity shows how to use different viral posts to revise grammar structures. I have tried it with students around B2 and C1 level, during both individual and group lessons.
Why throwing more worksheets at your students and spicing up old activities might not be the most effective way to go when dealing with exam preparation courses? What can you do instead? Keep reading to find out.
Here are some ideas about revising vocabulary that require little to no preparation. You can use them with any type of lexical items, level of advancement and class size.
Level assessment is one of the critical stages we go through when starting classes with new students. What are the ways of assessing our students’ language competency? I would like to share 5 alternatives to placement tests. Continue Reading …
I love using visuals in my lessons and in this post, I would like to share 7 activity ideas for using cartoons and comic strips with teenage and adult learners. I am also listing my 5 favourite artists to let you know where to look for quality artwork. Continue Reading …
Making the most of your first class with a new learner is critical to both gaining a new client and planning the subsequent classes effectively. How to make sure you don’t waste time and make your first class a success? Keep reading and download my free guide and a printable lesson plan.