Create5 cooking – home made bread, und Bäckerei

Back in the day my Mum made her own bread, and a nose memory that lingers to this day is the kitchen and corridor filling with the smell of fresh loaves, wafting through the family home.  Bread making is someat that we have lost in that fight for time, & money. Losing what is a […]

Never in my classroom – inebriation & Create 5

      picture courtesy of the OXID guy; one of my first IT students. Started the ball rolling for this IT English specialist. Germans and IT Geeks have no sense of humour, so they say. One of the reasons I like my job is the surprises. Luv students who are open to new teaching […]

Never in my classroom – assisting immersion activities.

One of the biggest mistakes is to believe lingo acquisition is just about regular lesson attendance (these can give you input, insight or structure) and not properly immersing oneself in the culture and the language. It is very difficult unless you are a natural lingo learner or have really absorbed yourself in lingo learning to know what […]

English Summer School – spelling & more…

theLingoGuy classroom rule book Rule # 1 Go in with a plan Over the last two years I have took the time to come down from a course before fully reflecting on it. No knee jerk reactions and especially as I use a lot of energy in lessons, no decisions in the heat of emotion, elation or […]

Never in my classroom – “the Muttiheft approach”

PART 3 theLingoGuy classroom rule book Rule # 1 Go in with a plan If you have been following the blog, and think that this is my normal approach, then think again. The anti-thesis is the book approach. Something I do on occasion, due to extraneous circumstances. But I do have to, to steal a […]

Never in my classroom – what, no plan!

PART 2 During the two weeks of the Summer School, I stuck with a task despite some initial concerns. The first time I ran it there was some confusion, as to the exact nature of the exercise by one perplexed student, and what her role was. Before the lesson try to determine those students who […]

Leipzig Writers – the Closest East to the Heart

A quote by James Earl Jones has resonated with me for years. “One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can’t utter.” Since working with a guy with MS who could not speak I have been struggling with my own inability to speak the words I write. At […]