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 […]

Geek or Nerd – start of the footie fight back

Someone once said combining your passions is a good thing. So Willkommen to my footie and computer strategy blog theme. RB Leipsch and the Rams are my two teams I follow the most, and with both the passions of their prevailing & pitfalls. Macca & Tunni strike back Macca is doing really well with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest blog – holy bread

by Keti Laliashvili Germans love bread. They’re so proud of the variety of bread you can find in their Bäckereien: white bread, brown bread, wholemeal or granary, with seeds or without and of course the absolute Liebling: sourdough bread. Entering the baker’s one loses count of the fresh rolls for the breakfast table. Or if […]