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 [...]

First (FCE) dependent prepositions game

First (FCE) dependent prepositions game

Dependent prepositions are a crucial part of English.  Being able to correctly use them with their adjectives, verbs or nouns is important, not only for the speaking and writing exams but also in the Use of English paper, particularly in parts 1 and 2 where a good knowledge of dependent prepositions can help you to [...]

Express yourself! Why you should use art in the ELT classroom

Express yourself! Why you should use art in the ELT classroom

Successful communication hinges upon the ability to express yourself, whether it be by spoken fluency, gesticulation, music or art.  Having lived in Italy for the past ten years, more feelings and messages are conveyed through a series of body movements than through the accompanying stream of loud and passionate words that follows them.  In fact so [...]

8 paperless homework ideas to save the environment

8 paperless homework ideas to save the environment

2019 finally seems to be the year when people are standing up and taking notice of the devastating effect we are having on the environment.  The entire ELT industry seems to be finally taking a little more responsibility for its environmental impact and, as we step away from the photocopier and embrace more environmentally friendly [...]

Flyers Language Activity

Flyers Language Activity

The Cambridge Young Learner's Flyers exam includes two different types of cloze activites where the students' grammatical and lexical knowledge is tested. Activities such as this one below will help students to think carefully about language patterns and to notice the most common ones which regularly come up in these cloze exercises. Download pdf version [...]