I’ve been meaning to write this for some time. A year after starting the blog seems like a good time (!), especially as I’ve just finished the DELTA and have had the opportunity to reflect a bit more on lesson planning and materials selection. So, as you’ll know if you’ve read the ‘About’ page, this […]

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The themes of sessions I chose to go to at the NATECLA conference, although they focused on different topics, seemed to have in common something to do with the roles identity and memory play in language learning: we want to use language to express ourselves and we need to remember what to say and how to […]

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Having  got used to a luxurious regime of fortnightly input sessions and twice-yearly teaching conferences in Huelva, I have been feeling a bit starved of CPD in Devon. Obviously one can do one’s own reading, but part of the gain from coming together with other teachers is the connections one makes and the way we can positively […]

I haven’t posted for a while, and that’s partly because there’s been a lot of changes going on. I’m back in the UK, for a start (Yes, of course I miss Spain!), and have landed a job in an area of ELT that’s new to me: teaching international students at a boarding school in the UK. […]

lame conversation

Teacher 1: Does a dialogue provided by text books for listening comprehension stop being useful when the listening activity is over? Teacher 2: Of course not! You can take a dialogue and.. As part of an input session I gave at Exeter Academy on Listening and Speaking lessons for lower levels, I put together this list […]

All about eap

It’s a work in progress, but it’s begun. If you’re remotely interested in EAP, please check out my new site All About EAP. I’d love to have your feedback!

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Since working at the University of Durham, I’ve been doing my best to earn a living in my home town of Exeter.  It’s not as easy as it was in Spain because most jobs are zero hours and the money doesn’t go as far as in Spain. There’s also the feeling that we teachers of […]

Knitting: Like Academic Reading Circles, but different.

This has been Week 2, or the first full week (minus the bank holiday) of the pre-sessional course. The students have been learning about thesis statements and how to organise their ideas in their essays, what it means to participate in a seminar, how to get the most out of a lecture, and they’ve done a timed essay. […]

I've left my colours at home

For the last week I’ve been in delightfully dinky Durham. Three days were spent on a super well-organised and enjoyable induction course for the university’s PARSE (Preparatory Academic Research Skills and English) programme, after which I met my students, helped them get orientated and taught their first classes. EAP is something new for me and the […]

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When I first declared that I wanted to teach English as a foreign language, a friend of a friend told me “But teaching English is for losers.” I don’t tend to see myself as a loser and it wasn’t what you’d call a helpful comment so I stashed it in my grudge pile until this […]

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You’re a 13-year-old school student. You’re away from your home and your family. How do you tell your host family that you don’t like the food? Perhaps your teacher can help you work it out with this Forum Theatre style activity. I had intended to have written about this and more by now, but I threw […]

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