Category Archives: Eliciting

The CELTA Ten Commandments

Say what you like about the Ten Commandments (unrealistic, need a scary fake God to make people pay attention, etc), I think we all must admit that we’d improve our lives and the world by keeping it in mind not to lust … Continue reading

Posted in CELTA, Eliciting, Pairwork and groupwork, TEFL, TEFL certificate, Using a whiteboard | Tagged | 16 Comments

Losing my best students

Getting back to my paranoid fears of the last post (because a blog might be time consuming and pay nothing, but unlike seeing a therapist it’s free), there definitely does seem to be one kind of student I have lost … Continue reading

Posted in ALT, Classroom management, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Eliciting, JET, Pairwork and groupwork, Problem students, Teaching English in Asia, Teaching English in China, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching English in Korea, Teaching shy students | 4 Comments

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

New TEFL articles September 08 Part Two

As this batch is nowhere near the size of September Part One, let’s start by padding out a little with a link to an interesting newspaper article on speed dating adapted for language learning, shall we? Right, as that was … Continue reading

Posted in Adapting textbooks, Body language in the classroom, Classroom management, Classroom routines, Eliciting, ELT publishing, Lesson planning, links, Teaching mixed level classes, TEFL games, textbooks, Usingenglish | Tagged | Leave a comment

The Alternative ELT Jargon Dictionary Part 10

BIELT- The British Institute of English Language Teaching, set up with the goals of establishing a framework of professional qualifications and a professional code of practice. It failed. BULATS- EFL testing euphemism for “bollocks” Cloze-

Posted in BULATS, Eliciting, Error correction, Grammar, Linguistics, applied linguistics and SLA, TOEFL, TOEIC | Tagged , | Leave a comment