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- 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 – 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 […]

Never in my classroom – stick to the plan

  Often as trainers we are told to keep up-to-date with the company website. It certainly has benefits, but is this just a Director of Studies ploy or trainer fail-safe. Yesterday I was searching for input on the theme “Encouraging innovation and independent thinking”. So naturally after scouring resources, and calling out to colleagues on […]

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 […]

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 […]