Category Archives: teaching lower levels

end-of-unit experiment (with a lot of information in brackets)

I’ve experimented with it a couple of times already, but not always has it been very successful – due to the lack of time, apparently. As this experiment is somehow in line with the ideas and attitudes proposed by “from … Continue reading

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my favourite ways of revisiting vocabulary

I’ve recently come back to work! yes, for 9 month I was off work – at least I wasn’t teaching English to real people, that is. I was a blogger and materials writer. But now 2 times a week I … Continue reading

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“lost interview”: a recreative activity to practise asking closed questions

here is a short but effective activity to train asking closed questions like are you…/ have you…/ did you…/ do you…?.- the ones that cause a lot of difficulties with some of our students… in this activity students are only … 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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Macmillan Online Conference, Business Section, mobility of BE

#MOC2013 Enjoying the Online Macmillan Conference (Business Section) at the comfort of home, with my baby sleeping by. Mike Hogan’s session on mobility of Business English was great, very inspiring and very much up-to-the-minute. all about how mobile our business … Continue reading

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should we talk about how we learn?

Well, I think we should. Because I’ve seen many times that it does make a difference – when you share the responsiblity of learning and studying with your students. When you are not the only person who constantly tries to … Continue reading

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ways to finish a lesson – so that the students take something away with them

There are lots of ways to start off a lesson beautifully, maningfully, logically, etc. For example, to talk about how your students spent their week (here are 2  worksheets to help), or to ask about their plans, or to discuss … Continue reading

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an activity on happy/ unhappy metaphors

here is a short pre-int activity on happy/ unhappy metaphors I wrote to accompany a unit (unit 6, part 1, to be precise) from Global pre-int. I used it to make my student recall all the metaphors from our previous … Continue reading

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superlatives for elementary

A nice short speaking activity on superlatives! To practice phrases like “the best book/ the most interesting film/ the most difficult in a conversational manner, at an elementary level. for me and my group it work as a good finalising … Continue reading

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Mistakes? Good!

This is a post about mistakes. Not about mistake/ error correction, not about mistakes being a sign of learning, but about benefitting from mistakes. Or rather, about how to use your learners’ mistake as learning (and teaching) material. What you … Continue reading

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