Course Planning: Removing the Guesswork

It seems to me that most of the posts I write are about course planning. The other day though, a Czech teacher of English asked in one of our private Facebook groups how to plan a conversation course in English; and I realised there can never be enough written on planning courses, especially those where …

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Another Handful of Handy Handout Tips

I’ve recently started using some cool hand-out strategies that I’d like to share with my regular readers. As you know I wrote another post on worksheets which was fairly popular and I guess everyone likes useful tips so here’s a quick post. How to save paper I am at a risk of making a fool …

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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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Beyond conversation in one-to-one classes

When you get hired to teach somebody one-one, it is probably because the student wants individual attention and lots of conversation and speaking activities. They might even tell you “not to bother preparing, because all they want is conversation”. Well, I advise caution. Private lessons are very expensive these days and we, teachers, should provide …

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Dialogue Procedure in Beginners’ Classes

Today a friend/colleague asked me if we could go over her lesson plan before her observed class. As we did, I realised I use different techniques for teaching dialogues than she does and thought they might be worth sharing. Also, following the hoo-ha of my two latest posts, I’m writing a humble, practical text to …

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Course Admin for Freelancers – updated

I am a freelance teacher. I work for language schools (aka agencies), universities, companies and private clients. Over the years I have come to realize that a large part of my success as a teacher is down to being organized and I have developed several course administration strategies which I’d like to share with you. …

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