Easter Escape room

Easter Escape room

If you’re looking for an eggs-cellent Easter activity (cringe), why not try my Easter escape room? It's really easy to set up and your teens are sure to love trying to crack the code! How to use it Make a copy of my google form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ulsSedHKalyjnbe9hWGMEYx9tFl3l7CFk0oIwCfSbY4/copy Click on the purple send button in the [...]

Kindness in the classroom: sharing is caring

Kindness in the classroom: sharing is caring

Following up from my last post on fostering emotional literacy in the ELT classroom, I want to share with you today a quick and easy activity that can help promote kindness and build a classroom community. With my very young learners I have introduced an appreciation board to make students recognise their own actions and [...]

Emotional Literacy in the ELT classroom

Emotional Literacy in the ELT classroom

It goes without saying that self-care and well-being have never been so important as in the last year. I marvel at the resilience of the teachers around me and above all the children who are coping so well with the seemingly endless challenges that are being thrown at them. But what is the real effect [...]

The Flip Side: Flipping poetry on its head

The Flip Side: Flipping poetry on its head

I am a (not so secret) poetry junkie. The pictures poetry can paint, the powerful messages they scream or whisper, and their unhampered relationship with language makes it difficult not to love them. In the classroom poetry can provide a positive, welcome gateway to language, making it accessible and building students' confidence by toying with [...]

From another perspective: Teaching conditionals through interactive storytelling

From another perspective: Teaching conditionals through interactive storytelling

Anyone who has ever been in one of my lessons knows how much I love using stories and anecdotes to introduce new language. Stories are the fabric of communication that can hold the attention of a room and allow access to worlds which from the average locked-down bedroom seem out of reach. With an idea [...]

The essence of Christmas: an online Xmas lesson

The essence of Christmas: an online Xmas lesson

It's that time of year again, and after 2020 I decided my learners need to finish this year on a high so I decided to put together an online Christmas lesson (which can also be easily adapted for face to face learners) to celebrate the much loved Christmas tradition of..... advertising.

10 ways to use the chatbox to increase language production

10 ways to use the chatbox to increase language production

Now that the dust has settled,  online teaching is fast becoming the new 'normal' for many of us and the knee-jerk emergency teaching measures are slowly being replaced by a renewed drive for ways of delivering quality lessons.  One observation from the last two months of teaching online is that at times the digital platform [...]

10 ways to use photos in your lessons

10 ways to use photos in your lessons

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tinder; digital photos are everywhere.  It seems like a lifetime ago when we were able to do anything we wanted without the threat of it being immortalised thanks to someone's smartphone.  Selfies have become so ubiquitous that the thought of asking someone else to take our photo in a beauty spot or [...]

Lessons without pens: a communicative approach

Lessons without pens: a communicative approach

While thinking of ways to reduce our environmental impact, as part of a scholarship opportunity which I'm sad to say alas for me wasn't successful, I started to think about rethinking my whole approach to teaching to take the paperless classroom to the next level. While my idea went no further in the competition, I [...]