Category Archives: Writing

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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New TEFL articles March 2012

Including lots of new ones on TEFLtastic for the first time in ages. Ones I haven’t mentioned yet at the top of each section. Different ways of doing a listening (an article format I’ve been wanting to write for ages … Continue reading

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My new stuff last month

Have just linked to some of this, but if you look at it the glass half full way that means most of it is being mentioned for the first time… Articles Teaching countable and uncountable nouns (almost certainly not the way … Continue reading

Posted in Academic writing, Apologies, Business English and ESP, Business English games, countable and uncountable nouns, Determiners and articles, Email, Future tenses, IELTS Speaking, IELTS Writing, Interactive whiteboard, Modals, Photocopiable worksheets, Prepositions, Present Perfect Continuous | Leave a comment

New ELT articles and classroom handouts January 2012

Not a bad batch this month, though I say so myself… Articles Fun classroom activities for ordinal numbers – LINK FIXED Functional language for IELTS Speaking – LINK FIXED How to practise Used to Worksheets IELTS Speaking Clarifying language Cambridge First Certificate … Continue reading

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