Category Archives: Classroom dynamics

New TEFL articles Feb 2011

The first is one of my pieces for MET that I’ve started putting up on the blog, and the rest are my usual monthly supply for TEFL.net and EnglishClub.com: Drawing On Drawing Games Part One – Pictionary Dealing with dominating … Continue reading

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Getting to Know You games and activities

As useful as it might be for people starting new classes around now, I thought a whole blog post just to big up my new article on finding things in common was a bit too much blowing my own trumpet … Continue reading

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Psychology for English teachers May 09 Part Two

From the article “All together now” in Scientific American Mind April/ May 2009Chip Heath and Scott S. Wiltermuth got groups of students to march around the Stanford university campus and tested them against other groups who just strolled together along … Continue reading

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Psychology for teachers May 2009

 No, not another chance to vent about oddball bosses or colleagues (see a couple of posts below for your chance to do that), but serious research from the latest issue of Scientific American Mind (official motto “What TEFL magazines dream … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles etc Jan 2009

Can’t I get someone to write this for me as a guest post as well? No? Oh well, while I wait for Chomsky to do this 50,000 word guest article, let’s just make it a list of links with no … Continue reading

Posted in Body language in the classroom, Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Eliciting, TEFL, TESOL | Tagged , | 9 Comments

New TEFL articles and teaching ideas Dec 08

15 ways to learn students’ names LINK UPDATED 15 more fun ways to practice the Past PerfectLINK UPDATED 15 fun ways to practice third and mixed conditionalsLINK UPDATED 15 more ways of eliciting vocabulary LINK UPDATED 15 fun ways to practice will … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Conditionals, Eliciting, Future tenses, Grammar, Grammar games, Mixed conditionals, Pairwork and groupwork, Past perfect, past tenses, Speaking games, Teaching English Abroad, TEFL, TEFL games, Third conditional, Using L1 in class, Vocabulary, Will for predictions | Tagged | Leave a comment

A little bit more reality in TEFL theory

Continuing my occasional series (as occasional as reality coming into TEFL theory): “…it is relatively rare for language teachers to negotiate overall learning goals with their classes at the beginning of courses in an open, direct manner. However… it is commonplace … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles October 2008

I have to fly away from my Yahoo BB internet connection now, and I may be some time. So while I am gone from cyberspace, you all have a chance to read the over 200 articles I’ve written elsewhere- starting … Continue reading

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Deep TEFL quote of the day

“While many teachers may attend to the questions ‘Do you like this language? Do you like this class?’, perhaps the more fundamental question for a student is ‘Do I like myself in this class?’”

Posted in Cambridge University Press, Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Learner training, links, Materials, Mixed ability classes, Problem students, Teaching methods and methodologies, TEFL, TEFL celebs/ TEFL heroes and villains, TEFL heroes- Zoltan Dornyei, TEFL reviews | Tagged | 1 Comment

TEFLing quote of the day

“Our profession is notorious for exploiting its most valuable asset – language teachers – for financial gain. I remember a teacher recalling taking a summer job where he and his fellow teachers struggled to teach competently in a school with … Continue reading

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