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- 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 – 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 – organized chaos, and techie assistance

Disclaimer : most experienced trainers probably use all these resources anyway, but read on if you think there may be one gem in this blog. From the outside not all my students realize how unorganized I am in general. This does come from not wanting to have a set plan w hen I walk into […]

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 – 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 […]