Teaching Young Learners and VYLs online

Teaching Young Learners and VYLs online

Little learners can be a big challenge online, but they also can provide the most rewarding lessons. Here are some of my reflections about teaching VYLs online, and what I consider the must-haves in an online VYL or YL lesson

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 [...]

Staying connected

Staying connected

Being a teacher means you have to expect the unexpected but I don't think any of us could have imagined what 2020 would entail. Coronavirus has pulled the rug from all of our feet; the devastating loss of lives, the fear and uncertainty, the financial repercussions, it's changed our lives forever. Living in Italy, the [...]

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 [...]