Category Archives: Problem students

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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New TEFL articles and ideas April 2010

Might’ve listed the ones nearer the bottom before, but been a while since I’ve done one of these updates, so maybe not: 15 no prep games with just little scraps of paper 15 zero prep games with (whole) sheets of … Continue reading

Posted in Cambridge Delta, Cambridge ESOL, Classroom management, Discipline in the classroom, Discussion questions, Lesson planning, Problem students, Reading, Teaching young learners, TEFL games, Usingenglish | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Teaching preschool English links

I’ve done a fair bit of kindy/ kindie/KG/ pre-school/ nursery/ very young learner English teaching  over the years, and I’m doing it full time at the moment for the first time in quite a while, so will be writing about that and … Continue reading

Posted in Discipline in the classroom, Ending lessons, Flashcard games, links, Problem students, Starting lessons, Teaching young learners, TEFL, TEFL games, Using songs with kids, Using storybooks | 5 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

Controlling under fives

Of course, there are some people who would object even to the use of the word “control” in the title of such a post. Those people are called “modern parents“, or in layman’s terms, “hippies”. Only jkg!* Anyway, there is … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom management, Discipline in the classroom, links, pre-school/ kindergarten/ very young learners, Problem students, Teaching young learners, TEFL | 1 Comment

23 Experiences of Language Teaching

Finished reading the Experience of Language Teaching a week or two ago, and here are some of my favourite quotes: on continuous enrollment “like teaching on a moving bus, or in the middle of a railway station, with people coming … Continue reading

Posted in CELTA, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Experience of Language Teaching, Grammar, Lesson planning, MA TESOL, Problem students, Teacher training, Teaching young learners, TEFL, TEFL games, TEFL in the UK, TEFL qualifications, textbooks, Working conditions | Tagged | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Alternative teaching techniques, Business English and ESP, Classroom dynamics, Classroom management, Cultural differences/ cultural training, ELT publishing, Error correction, getting into ELT publishing, Grammar, Needs analysis, Photocopiable worksheets, Pre-experience learners, Problem students, Skills, Speaking, Teaching English Abroad, Teaching English in Finland, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching shy students, TEFL, TEFL career planning | Tagged | 3 Comments

Dream dictionary for TEFL teachers Part Two

Did you know that what you dream about can tell you what will happen in your classes? Try reading the descriptions below and in Part One to find something you have dreamed about, and then write it in the aims … 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

New articles, worksheets and reviews June 2008

All that TEFL International stuff below is not only depressing, I’m starting to think it is actually quite pointless. For example, if we compare the number of teachers who have paid money to TEFL International, let alone the number of people … Continue reading

Posted in Business English and ESP, Classroom management, Discipline in the classroom, links, Materials, Photocopiable worksheets, pre-school/ kindergarten/ very young learners, Present tenses, Problem students, Teaching large classes, Teaching young learners, TEFL, TEFL games, Using songs with kids, Usingenglish | Leave a comment