Never in my classroom – avoiding stereotypes

Discussing characteristics that are associated with a particular culture is littering with a minefield of cliches, stereotypes, faux pas and potential conflict. So of course, finding the right way to lead into teaching the subject has its challenges.  I have switched between differing approaches but was pleasantly surprised my recent method had success. I adopted a humorous way […]

Never in my classroom – Klopp, and is football serious management?

  Recently I had two very successful lessons. One on life hacks and one on management. But let us stick with the latter, and come back to the former at a later date. The management lesson was at the end of a 4-hour block for the equivalent of a distance learners course for MBA for […]

Never in my classroom – dyslexia and disinformation

Recently I have become aware just how badly some people view dyslexia. Having worked with some guys in the UK and experiencing being a mentor to some clients at the moment, let’s explode some myths, shall we – #1 People with dyslexia cannot write properly. This is such mistaken thinking it hurts to even start to […]

Never in my classroom- half closing the draw on my chalk set

My career path has been somewhat you could say meandering, or I chop and change. This best suits me as I need to reinvent and often take stock to get the most out of life. Chop off the deadwood you could say, or know when to give up the ghost cause something has been haunting […]

Never in my classroom – authenticity and communicability

I hold up my hands that in my early days I was a little heavy handed with removing the quirks of written and spoken English. But this has changed with time. Two things have come up recently that has thrown this into the forefront. Firstly during a mock exam presentation one of my less confident […]

Never in my classroom – hard sell

A vital part of Business English is understanding the strategies that companies use to lure their customers into purchasing. I tried a new lesson taking a look at this, and adapted in mid-lesson in response to my students reactions. The orange sections are those inserted due to lack of interest or a slightly miscued pedagogy. […]

Never in my classroom – top 3 lesson plans 1Qrt 2015

Been kinda quiet on my blog front, as I have been focusing on my non-profit org and creative writing/performing. Time now to share my three most successful lessons from the first quarter of 2015. No1 Local business analysis I have done/run this in two ways, but with the same focus. I work in an Applied Sciences […]

Never in my classroom – only the teacher teaches

I often get my students to teach each other, but today I had added a twist. I was looking for a fun activity to challenge my technical English students, and came across one when recently watching a QI episode hosted by Stephen Fry.  I always find the end of the QI series  very intriguing as it takes […]