Category Archives: Social English

Teaching Social English Second Edition out now!

Before using my lockdown time to finish off some new books, I thought I’d fix some typos, add some newer worksheets and fix the so-called “invitations roleplays” that turned out to be nothing of the sort in my first book … Continue reading

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New Social English articles page

Teaching my first two Zoom lessons yesterday showed me that, as I suspected, students need even more help online than face to face when it comes to smoothly starting and ending conversations, small talk, conversational reactions, etc. Luckily, I’ve written … Continue reading

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Small talk for specific language points (TEFLtastic Classics Part 41)

There is perhaps no smoother introduction to and no more realistic way of practising language than a set of especially chosen small talk questions. These could be questions including the grammar etc that you want to practise, e.g. small talk … Continue reading

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The (mildly) autistic TEFL teacher

While adding two new articles and a list of useful phrases to my rapidly expanding small talk for EFL learners page, it suddenly struck me how ironic people who know me would find it that I’m teaching small talk, let … Continue reading

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35 reasons to buy Teaching Social English

Reasons why you should shell out a couple of quid on my new e-book You want to start term with something which is fun and light but also useful outside the classroom Your students are going to meet you and … Continue reading

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The first TEFLtastic book for teachers

Teaching Social English: Interactive Classroom Activities (Rushed out now as it’s especially useful for new courses)

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New small talk games/ worksheets page

My Business English students often complain that the most difficult part of using English in their jobs is not making presentations or chairing meetings but the networking, chatting and bumping into people in the lift that can happen before and afterwards. There … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles and worksheets November 2011

I’ve mentioned some of these in my posts on tips and useful language etc, but the ones near the top of each section are those that have just gone up and I haven’t linked to before: Articles Teaching grammar in Business … Continue reading

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Answer me! (TEFLtastic classics Part Three)

A simple and very adaptable speaking game. If you like this and want more, please support TEFLtastic.  Updated 15 February 2020 Another game which is simplicity itself. Students are dealt out cards with simple short answers on them and must … Continue reading

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Free functional language worksheets

On sorting my Functional and Social English Games and other Worksheets out and adding links to relevant stuff on my Business/ESP and various textbook pages, I was surprised to find that I have about 60 of the little buggers, which is … Continue reading

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