PET Tricky Synonyms

PET Tricky Synonyms

The Cambridge English Preliminary English Test (PET) relies heavily on students having a good comprehension of a wide range of language.  Indeed, the first four parts of the exam are testing reading comprehension.  From the official Cambridge website you can download the PET vocabulary list, and though while this is helpful it is in no [...]

Does digital learning mean lazy learners?

Does digital learning mean lazy learners?

There is no doubt about it, digital technologies have made lessons more efficient, allowed limitless access to learning materials and given teachers an abundance of materials to help shape engaging lessons. Long gone are the days of students fidgeting while long-winded grammar presentations are slowly hand-written on the whiteboard or blackboard, instead, a quick press [...]

Speaking Activity: KET Questions

Speaking Activity: KET Questions

This speaking activity helps students with both parts of their Cambridge Key speaking exam. Students first need to form questions using question prompts, giving them good practice of question formation which is crucial for part 2 and then they need to interview their partner, responding to short questions about their lives, interests, and routines,  just [...]

The Preposition of Place Game

The Preposition of Place Game

A big part of the Cambridge YLE exams relies on learners knowing prepositions of place.  They need to be able to put images in positions on a picture, describe where things are and colour the correct object depending on its position in the listening paper.  It's therefore really important to make sure that our learners [...]

The Importance of CPD and a criteria for post-lesson reflection

The Importance of CPD and a criteria for post-lesson reflection

Any successful teacher will readily admit that they are still learning.  This is what attracted me to this profession and what motivates me and encourages me to improve after a particularly taxing lesson with a class of boisterous 13 year olds.  I truly believe that to develop as a teacher you need to invest in your own growth and the growth of CPD sessions on a variety of topics in order to keep our teachers engaged and to ensure quality lessons. But what happens if your teachers don't want to learn?