Category Archives: Writing

New articles on emailing page

Have written so many articles on writing emails and teaching emailing to promote my email English e-book that they have now got a page of their own: Emailing articles Seven articles and a list of useful phrases there so far, … Continue reading

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New spelling games/ worksheets page

Perhaps because of all that brainwashing in communicative language teaching , it’s taken me 14 years to realise that a page of my spelling PDFs might help students who want to spell properly and teachers who want to help them … Continue reading

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New Teaching Emailing book out now

300 photocopiable pages on opening and closing every kind of email, being formal and friendly, planning and paragraphing, fixing common emailing problems, etc – all with a surprising amount of classroom communication for a book on writing: Teaching Emailing: Interactive … Continue reading

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10 beginning and ending emails classroom photocopiables

New page on the most important part of emailing in English, and the point I probably spend most classroom time on, now I’ve realised how pointless (if fun) it is to spend much class time on First Conditional and Past Continuous … Continue reading

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How to remember the spelling of definitely

A student recently refused to believe me when I corrected his spelling of “definately” and then he had a minor breakdown when his iPhone confirmed that he’d been spelling it wrongly for the last five years or so. He didn’t seem … Continue reading

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The most important and neglected kind of academic writing?

To my pleasant surprise, about 80% of my academic writing students last term chose “emailing to academic staff” as the most useful thing we covered in that course. The surprise comes from the fact that I’ve never seen it in … Continue reading

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Alex Case’s guide to modern online TEFL style

The last thing I worked on for TEFL.net/ Englishclub.com was a style guide for writers. Not all of my pet gripes made it in, and are unlikely to now I no longer edit stuff going on there, so thought I’d … Continue reading

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An alternative to getting students to write second drafts

Although I can absolutely understand the language learning value of it and IELTS and Academic Writing students sometimes ask me if they can try again, I somehow can’t get myself to ask adult students to write second drafts. It’s probably … Continue reading

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New storytelling materials and ideas page

Actually, it’s a huge expansion of my writing stories page rather than completely new, but I doubt anyone ever ended up on the old one so it may as well be new. Now with 14 oral storytelling worksheets, flashcards and worksheets for … Continue reading

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Writing photocopiables section sorted!

Loads of emailing stuff, plus reports, stories, minutes, academic essays, forms, punctuation, BULATS and IELTS, now with proper index pages in exactly those sections: Writing communication games/ handouts See the drop down menu under the photo for how to access … Continue reading

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