More Speaking, Please

Teacher: What do you want to do in class? Student: Speak. I need to practise my speaking. Teacher: Ok, what do you want to speak about? Student: Eeh? Ahem…Not sure. (Thinking: You are the teacher, you tell me). Step forward if you’ve never had this conversation. The vast majority of my students want to speak …

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Changing the Focus in Extensive Reading

Something I nearly always try to include in my lessons is a “Book Club” – a fancy word for the simple activity of choosing a graded reader for my class and reading it in the lesson, chapter by chapter, as well as listening to the audio version provided on the MP3. I can’t really explain …

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More Notes on Creating Syllabi in Small Courses

I’m really into thinking about complex, sound course syllabi for my private courses. Besides my other hobby, writing worksheets for my classes and forcing my colleagues to try them out, thinking about “what we’ll learn” on a course is fascinating. That is to say, I’m not so much into collecting activities and whenever you ask …

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A Listicle!

I learnt two words from Matthew Noble: the word “listicle”, which had been completely new to me, and “life circumstances”, which is not new but is just the expression I needed. It’s Saturday evening, our place is quiet and I am back to blogging while giving up on watching a film with the rest of …

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