Category Archives: TEFL

2021-style invitations lesson

Of all the pre-COVID materials I’ve had to use in the last 15 months, probably the least successful was a lesson where students responded to almost all invitations with “I can’t because of coronavirus” and “Maybe when COVID is gone”. … Continue reading

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Three new kinds of TEFL board game

I came up with the first of these as part of my trivia quizzes boom, and used it to make this narrative tenses board game. Students work their way around a board game by guessing numbers. On each square they … Continue reading

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New TEFL stuff 2021 Part One

Newest ones that I haven’t mentioned before top of each section. New TEFL e-book Teaching IELTS Writing: Interactive Classroom Activities New TEFL articles spring 2021 How to make a personal connection in presentations How to be friendly on the phone … Continue reading

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Guest post: 11 tips for teaching controversial topics in the ESL classroom

A great post from Alice of Hot Take English, hopefully re-starting the once numerous and always popular TEFLtastic guest posts. For a lot of English language teachers, the mere thought of teaching a so-called “controversial” discussion topic in class is … Continue reading

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New be used to and get used to page

New article and worksheets up on this brand new page on how to talk about being and becoming accustomed to things: Be and get used to games/ worksheets – NEW Stuff on that plus the past form “I used to” … 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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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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48 trivia quizzes for EFL students (TEFLtastic Classics Part 44)

Updated 1 June 2021 When I was posting my list of the best of 2020, I noticed that a couple of the top ones were trivia quizzes and thought I should make sure that I had linked to them from … 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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