Category Archives: authentic materials

Retelling the text without noticing it, a trick?)

 I’ve been a firm believer in deep and profound work with texts for a long time. No need to repeat that it (and “texts”, obviously can stand for listening/ videos) has tons of benefits, acquiring vocabulary from the context and … Continue reading

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A Direct TV commercial to teach narrative tenses

Coming back to post about a commercial (or rather, a series of commercials) that can be used as a tool to train (or refresh) narrative tenses. The good thing about this commercial is that it describs and follows a chain … Continue reading

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(authentic) resources for an HR English course

I’ve recently finished teaching a one-to-one HR English course (which lasted, on and off, about 18 months), and I feel it would be good to share some materials I’ve been choosing, using and sometimes creating. The situation The course started … Continue reading

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Used to and other patterns – rethought and put into practice

In the morning today I had a chance to see how my substitution table from the previous post worked. I knew my student would still be struggling with all the 4 patters (get used to, be used to, used to, … Continue reading

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Intermediate+ speaking and reading worksheet:How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED translators

If you ask me, I like to reflect (and inspire my students to do the same) on learning languages and what works and what doesn’t, so I’m always happy to offer to my students such opportunities. Here is a worksheet … Continue reading

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business&office buzzwords: article and worksheet

Last year I came across a real gem of an article – at least it looks like one from an ESL teacher’s perspective. I am sure it was not the use the author of the article had in mind, but … Continue reading

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“8 secrets of success” TED-talk lesson plan

here is the lesson plan based on the TED talk by Richard St John that I referred to in my previous post about my teaching in a field. Hope you’ll find it useful. The talk itself conveniently takes only 3 minutes, … Continue reading

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using Realtimeboard for teaching English online

I want to share an absolutely fantastic tool for online use: Realtimeboard.com As I already told, now I teach online, using Skype. When I was preparing for my first online lesson, I was feeling very uneasy – first of all, … Continue reading

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a perfect homework: what is it like?

should all our students get homework? Even the busiest (and the laziest) ones? I am sure they should. Let’s see: if a student comes to class 2 times a week and doesn’t  get (or doesn’t do) any homework, that’s all … Continue reading

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How to learn any language in six months: Chris Lonsdale at TEDxLing

  absolutely great talk on what you should do to FINALLY learn a language! I can relate to almost every word he says. Should be shown to any language learner…

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