I have already underlined how crucial I think the reflection process is in both the development of a teacher and language learning in general. I know I am guilty of spending so much time discussing, planning and crafting materials for my lessons that I can be guilty of not dedicating enough time afterwards to deconstructing [...]
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 [...]
This academic year has been unconventional for me because for the first time I didn't start the school year in September, thanks to the arrival of my beautiful daughter Sofia at the beginning of September. When my maternity leave finished I found myself back in the classroom gasping to keep up with everything that was [...]
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 [...]
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?
Sometimes conversation classes can be the hardest to plan as after you've run through the usual controversial topics while trying to stay sensitive to your class, you might find your ideas drying up. So here, as the title says, are 8 ideas that can get your class talking! News stories - Give your students a few [...]
If you are having classroom management issues, you may find that one of the main reasons behind your troubles is the combination of certain students. Best friends, committed to doing everything except learning, you may face reluctance when trying to split them up. But it's imperative you do. Apart from in a few age [...]