Category Archives: useful links

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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what will your life be like in 5 years’ time? Premier League Stars interview + lesson plan

I decided to take part in the Premier Skills Lesson Plan competition, having chosen an interview about the future (the interview features 4 players: Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Ivar Ingimarsson and Sun Jihai). Here is my try, with grammar and … 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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getting our students to focus on success

next time I get a new student, I’ll add one more point to my long-established 1st class procedures. it will be the GROW model suggested in “from English teacher to learner coach”. GROW stands for: goal -the end point where … Continue reading

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preparing for a grammar lesson (refreshing passive voice in an applicable way)

Last time I checked, there were not too many materials for teaching Passive. I mean, for teaching Passive adequately, and in a practical and possible-to-take-out-of-the-class manner. Somehow, speaking about animals, doing a geography quiz or discussing a process of coins … 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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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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#TeachingEnglish  My post on using newspapers in class has been shortlisted! Please vote if you like it too! at TeachingEnglish Facebook page

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the Impossible Objects – and English?

I was going through my old materials&worksheets and came across an immense sourse of inspiration – or at least, of speaking. What i am talking about is a number of illustrations of Jacque Carelman’s Impossible Objects. My first encounter with … Continue reading

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