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 – 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. […]

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 -comprehension of the native speaker

Ya losing ya Mojo arent ya? You are so different to speak to? But …. what do you mean,…. erm my accent? No your vocabulary, you use unusual words not like the other guys. This compliment and exchange at a recent friends birthday party made me mull over yet again the point of lingo usage […]