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29 Sep 2014

Throughout my teaching career, I have always enjoyed a challenge – I think every ‘career teacher’ does!

23 Sep 2014

As with most good teaching practice, using activities to promote a student's confidence is a simple matter of common sense.

22 Sep 2014

If I were to describe my 2014 so far, in one word, it would be challenging.

18 Sep 2014

Continuing with the new academic year theme, we want to know what activities you've used or are planning to use in your first few...

18 Sep 2014

For a few years now I've been experimenting with sharing lesson summaries with my classes and here I'd like to share a summary...

15 Sep 2014

An introduction… challenge for young adults

15 Sep 2014

When I first learnt French at school, aged about 9 or 10, the teacher insisted on giving us all French names.

12 Sep 2014

Students come to us from various families, and from a vast variety of life situations.

10 Sep 2014

Continued Professional Development takes many forms for many people.

08 Sep 2014

The roots of the word "introduction" mean "bringing into existence" , and that's what we're doing with our...

08 Sep 2014

September. And changes loom.

05 Sep 2014

Meeting new people, communicating with colleagues and observing them conduct their lessons always gives me a great impulse to look at...

20 Aug 2014

Every year, new young teachers come to schools around the globe, and we experienced professionals can share our wisdom with them.

  • And there have been many: the intensity of my Trinity Cert TESOL course, that first lesson, teaching beginners/advanced/kids for the first time, getting up to speed with technological possibilities for the classroom, doing an MA, presenting at a...
  • As with most good teaching practice, using activities to promote a student's confidence is a simple matter of common sense. Confident students make the best language learners. By creating a classroom in which your students have the confidence to...
  • I’d even go as far as to say that it’s my most challenging year yet. I feel this blog post may be somewhat therapeutic for me.Back in March of this year, I moved to Medellín, Colombia. My Colombian fiancée had found herself an interesting job, and...
  • Getting to know your students and their abilities, needs and personalities is an important part of a new course. How are you going to make sure these first few classes are effective?
  • For a few years now I've been experimenting with sharing lesson summaries with my classes and here I'd like to share a summary from a typical first class. This was an intermediate class of adult students at a private language school in Cádiz. I've...
  • An introduction… challenge for young adultsAre you one of those people who accepted the ice bucket challenge in the summer? Had you been nominated but you didn’t dare to pour a bucket of ice water on your head?For those of you unaware of what the...
  • When I first learnt French at school, aged about 9 or 10, the teacher insisted on giving us all French names. I was annoyed because mine was Renee (not Rachel). Who was this Renee, and what did she have to do with me? I think the idea came from the...
  • Building confidence. Nina MK, Ph.D. Students come to us from various families, and from a vast variety of life situations. No two children are alike, even though at first they may seem to blur into that collective entity, “a class”. If we get...
  • Continued Professional Development takes many forms for many people. For some it is simply their on-going development lesson by lesson. For others, it is rather the certificates collected at the end of further development courses. Having spent a...
  • The roots of the word "introduction" mean "bringing into existence" , and that's what we're doing with our classes at the beginning of a new school year. And, as we bring them "into existence," one challenge we face is will be help develop a "...
  • This lyric comes to mind.  Still don't know what I was waitin' for  And my time was runnin' wild  A million dead end streets and  Every time I thought I'd got it made  It seemed the taste was not so sweet  So I turned myself to face me… 
  • On September 4, a new EF, English First Center for Adults was opened in my home city of Novosibirsk. My first impression was one of light, since it is situated in a new very modern building with panoramic views over the city and even glass walls and...
  • “Don’t you know it ALL?” yet another twenty-two-year-old, newly-minted BA asked me naively. Of course I do, or I can convincingly pretend I do.Here are some simple steps to be taken before your very first lesson.