Category Learner autonomy

Power Pose (How to pretend to be a confident speaker)

I’ve had a bit of a holiday from writing blog posts, but I’ve still got lots of ideas to share and I’m aiming to post something every week for the rest of the summer. Here’s the first: Before their FCE exams in June, my intelligent but quiet Spanish teenage students (all girls) all expressed that they were […]

Text summary and analysis

This is a great way to get Proficiency students (although it could be adapted for Advanced or FCE students) reading, finding useful vocabulary in the text and sharing it with each other. I got it from the inspiring Elspeth Pollock who gave a talk on teaching CPE students in Seville in February.  She reminded us that […]

CPE Exam Practice Record

Following on from my recent post about exam classes, I have produced, in collaboration with my students, this CPE exam practice record. We’ll see how it goes. I hope they can use it to keep track of what they’ve done, to note how to help themselves improve and record their improvements. Feel free to try it […]

New Year’s resolutions + needs analysis

Happy new year! I hope you’ve had a good break. I know I have! Have you made any new year’s resolutions? I’ve vaguely made some, one of which is to spend a bit less time attached to my laptop, so I will be aiming to post weekly rather than daily from now on! Having said […]