Category Archives: Lesson planning

Why we really do what we do Part Three- Culture

Finally prompted to continue this series on WWRDWWD by Scott Thornbury’s thought provoking (as ever) piece on Flow, flow being something I’ve been pondering on for a while. I have this strange obsession with making sure all parts of my lesson “flow”, if … 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

My personal motto

“There’s no such thing as on time, there’s only early and late” Lots of TEFL extensions of that too: “There’s no such thing as the right amount of preparation, there is only too little or too much” “There’s no such … Continue reading

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On the CELTA, Japan, and very small learners

An interview with Charlie Richards of Learning Tree English, a private language school for 16 and unders (sometimes far unders!) in Osaka. “I first came across your school through your excellent examples of young learner lessons on YouTube. Typical lessons … Continue reading

Posted in CELTA, Cultural differences/ cultural training, Discipline in the classroom, EFL CD ROMs, English through craftwork, Lesson planning, Phonics, pre-school/ kindergarten/ very young learners, Teaching English in Japan, Teaching Japanese primary school children, Teaching young learners, Technology, TEFL career planning, TEFL games, textbooks, Using songs with kids, Using storybooks | Tagged | 2 Comments

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

The most overrated things in TEFL Part Two

-Explaining everything you do This a classic example of the limitations of the philosophy of Diploma-level teaching: write your lesson plan on the board (language and human interactions are unpredictable, but your lessons obviously shouldn’t be), explain why you are … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles etc April 2009

No messing, no pointless attempts at humour (for once), just links to more serious stuff I’ve been publishing elsewhere: 15 ways of combining listening and reading 15 fun activities for practising a, an and the The 15 best tips for … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom management, Classroom routines, Determiners and articles, Ending lessons, Grammar, Grammar games, Interactive whiteboard, Learner motivation, links, Listening, Mixed ability classes, pre-school/ kindergarten/ very young learners, Reading, reported speech, Skills, Staging, Teaching mixed level classes, Teaching young learners, Technology, TEFL, TEFL games, Using a whiteboard, Usingenglish | 6 Comments

The most overrated things in TEFL Part One

Preteaching vocabulary The case for the prosecution: – I’ve had to train people on a “CELTA equivalent” course to teach three to five pieces of vocabulary, but if they ever asked why it couldn’t be two or zero I had … Continue reading

Posted in Lesson planning, Listening, Pre-teaching vocabulary, Reading, Skills, Staging, TEFL, Vocabulary | 11 Comments

Don’t do the CELTA

A guest piece by “TEFLelastic” I finished my CELTA about a two months ago and it was real shock, and in no way a pleasant one. Read about TEFL in The Guardian and it’s all “working holiday” and “see the … Continue reading

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New TEFL articles Feb 09

Feel like I should actually write something on my own blog between all these guest pieces, but am still trying to put stuff back where it was after my mother in law rearranged the flat. Instead, here is the usual … Continue reading

Posted in Classroom management, CPD, Grammar, Grammar games, links, Listening, Passives, Pronunciation, pronunciation games, sentence stress, Staging, Starting lessons, Teacher training, Teaching young learners, TEFL, TEFL games, TEFL workshops, Using a whiteboard, Usingenglish | Tagged , , | Leave a comment