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 – 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 […]

Never in my classroom is the problem the native speaker?

Let me return to the flummoxedness of my first few weeks teaching in 2013. Apologies to those of you who are not so techy minded, but it may interest you all the same. Normally if we are to believe linguistic theory, as communicators we accommodate our partners in order to aid comprehension. Unless we are […]

Never in my classroom – mislabelling & moving on

Recently during my local Aldi weekly shop I have noticed a lot of mislabelling going on. Wrong prices, wrong product or product is not what it says on the wobbler. This I think is due to human resources and some restructuring in the store layout. My milk and juice is just not where it used […]

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 […]

Never in my classroom -using adverts in lessons

Recently I have been using adverts in lessons to show the difference in language useage to normal everyday speech or Business English. How to approach this: Tasks. 1) What is the tone of the piece – ask the students to identify the tone and if it suits the target audience. Give examples of tonal language […]

Create5 -tip 3, creative writing for English learners

If you add creativity to the learning process it increases the I in interest. The following tasks are twofold beneficial, namely it helps gather the interests of the learners and therefore adds some glue to their bonding, as well as providing a source for a portfolio memento. 1/ “DisLike” task (possible for learners) get  a […]