Category Archives: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

New materials for teaching online

It’s taken me a while, but I’ve finally made a page of materials specifically for Zoom (and useable or easily adaptable for Teams, etc), most of which also teach useful language for explaining how to use the software/ app: Zoom … Continue reading

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Three much missed funny TEFL blogs

While searching my blog for broken links, I found that English Droid had disappeared yet again and that English Teacher X and Chase Me Ladies were locked behind walls with invitations needed for entry. Luckily, my selections of highlights from … Continue reading

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Good and taboo questions (TEFLtastic Classics Part 49)

Updated 27 September 2021 The best thing you can teach students about almost any language point is how to ask and answer the kinds of questions related to that language which people really ask each other. However, doing just this … Continue reading

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TEFLtastic blogroll updated

It’s the long “Golden Week” break here in Japan, so have had time to do my approximately once yearly look at the links on TEFLtastic. Was pleasantly surprised to see that since this time last year only one or two … Continue reading

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New Teaching IELTS Writing e-book

My latest magnus opus provides over 300 pages of stimulating intensive practice of IELTS Academic Writing language, planning techniques and editing of typical mistakes: Teaching IELTS Writing: Interactive Classroom Activities– NEW As usual, buying a copy not only gives you … Continue reading

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New teaching a and an page

Am presently writing lots of new articles and worksheets on a, an, the, some, any, much, etc, but realised that I already had enough on indefinite articles to make it worth them having a page of their own: A and … Continue reading

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Two nice new British and American English activities

It had been well over a year since I’d posted anything new on my worksheets page on UK and US English, but made up for lost time with this double whammy. The first idea was one I came up with … Continue reading

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The most TEFLtastic photocopiables of 2020

Following on from my list of top articles from last year, here are the PDFs that I am most likely to use again in my own classes. In addition, there are over 900 pages of photocopiables in my three new … Continue reading

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The most TEFLtastic articles of 2020

I spent more time writing e-books than articles in 2020, but I guess 17 articles and two lists of vital phrases is not too shabbyfor one year. Listed with my favourites top (as I’m afraid I have no info on … Continue reading

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77 festivals and celebrations PDFs

Stacks of photocopiables on Xmas, New Year, Halloween, etc, and students’ own festivals, ceremonies etc. Many with links to many specific language points, including brand new ones on gerunds and gradable and extreme adjectives, and newish ones on recommendations, superlative, … Continue reading

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