Tag Archives: speaking

the right beginning of the lesson always sets the right mood for the rest of it, doesn’t it? So recently I got a little tired of just informal chit-chat during the first minutes of my one-to-one lessons, and it got … Continue reading

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Using authentic interviews in class

I love using interviews at my classes! Do you? I think they are just what you need to practice speaking, tenses, word order, and at the same time they let you make the lessons fun (obviously, depending on the interview … Continue reading

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learning grammar through context

putting grammar into context. Recently I’ve been struggling (not for the first time, obviously) to find some nice way to teach/ revise a grammar topic, and by “nice way” I mean something different from exercises (which are great, but mostly … Continue reading

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Used to, get used to, be used to and would – an activity to train, revise and speak

A couple of days ago I felt there wasn’t a good material on would, be used to, be used to used to and get used to that would meet all the requirements for my student. And so I decidecd to … 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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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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How to ask questions to encourage more fluency in class?

How to ask the right questions to provoke more speaking&discussion in class? You might have heard that to be good at (Business) English teaching, you don’t have to know all the specifics of our students’ business, you have to ask … Continue reading

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May holidays and an emotional worksheet

In my country the first 2 weeks of May are not really very busy: first there is the Labour day (1.05), then the is the Victory Day (09.05), and in between a lot of people take some days off. As … 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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