New Year, New Me?

New Year, New Me?

As we take our first tentative steps into 2021 it is fair to say that while I can't wait for a fresh new year to begin everything seems to be progressing with caution (apart from the diet, that is). Here is a lesson that looks at what we want to build on rather than acquire, [...]

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 [...]

Building a classroom community

Building a classroom community

When thinking about successful learning classroom management is key and in my opinion, the best way of achieving a harmonious classroom is by building a classroom community. Creating an environment where students feel safe and supported means creating the correct environment for language learning. Language learning means growth through making mistakes and that will only [...]