My articles on TEFL.net

About 270 articles which I published up to September 2013, given here in reverse chronological order. All the articles below are also on the relevant Articles by Topic index pages. You could also look at my list of wackier articles on this and its sister site or a list of my most popular articles on TN.

How to make sure students get what the need from day one

Advantages and disadvantages of model answers for learning writing (with how to exploit the advantages and get rid of the disadvantages)

Rethinking running around games

Running dictations in EFL classes

How to use the game Stations in EFL classes 9 June 2013

Making current affairs lessons less temporary 9 June 2013

How to teach this/ that/ these/ those 9 June 2013

100 things to consider when reviewing TEFL materials 9 June 2013

How to review TEFL materials 17 May 2013

7 this/ that/ these/ those games 7 May 2013

Physical games to practise a/ an 17 April 2013

Classroom practice of a/ an 17 April 2013

How to teach a/ an 15 April 2013

How to teach have/ have got

7 games for have/ have got

How to teach the Academic Word List

How to teach Future Continuous

Stimulating speaking for Future Continuous

Future continuous games

Different ways of brainstorming in EFL classes

How to teach Future Perfect

How to teach English for architects

Fun activities for architecture vocabulary

How teach directions to young learners

Stimulating lessons on toys

TEFL on the Net

Practice of the time for kids

Family vocab for YLs

How to teach Present Perfect for unfinished times

Speaking for Present Perfect with unfinished times

Pronunciation problems for Spanish speaking learners of English

YL lessons on food

Using the topic of animals to teach other language

How to teach animal vocabulary

Playing with our Word Bag

Speaking activities for yet and already

Teaching yet and already

Activities for Present Perfect for experiences

How to teach Have you ever

35 reasons to write TEFL articles

Present Continuous for the future games

How to practise Used to in class

Classroom practice for IELTS Speaking Parts One and Three

How to teach the Unreal Past

Activities for making requests

How to teach dealing with enquiries

Continuous aspect activities

Fun first conditional practice

What your students need to know for IELTS Reading

Fun activities for the second conditional

How to teach FCE Use of English Part One

Games to practice dates

How to teach ordinal numbers

What students need to know about whole numbers

Adverbs of frequency games

Teaching contractions

Teaching benefit classes

TEFL course FAQ (mainly my work)

ESL Jobs FAQ (mainly mine)

Combining collocations and pronunciation

Ten time expressions that your students probably need to know

Fun practice for the Simple Past

Ten typical misleading claims by TEFL course providers

Seven fun activities for mixed future tenses

General explanations for all English future forms

Fun practice activities for Going to (both meanings)

15 reasons to avoid a TEFL course

Andrew Wright interview

15 fun activities contrasting Present Simple and Present Continuous

Teaching Perfect tenses

15 fun past continuous activities

Teaching continuous tenses

Words that are different in Japanese and English

Variations on classic Young Learner games One – Slap

How the Japanese chop up English

Made in Japan English words and expressions

Pronunciation changes in Japanese English

How Japanese English works

Using simple picture flashcards to teach phonics

Finding things in common

15 cultural differences in the Korean classroom

20 fun ways to teach kids body vocabulary

Finding a balance in the use of competition

Thinking time in ELT

Level tests versus placement tests

Using Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush in EFL classes

English is everywhere for everyone

Low prep games using just pens and pencils

Making sure students understand your instructions

15 no prep games using just erasers

15 zero preparation games with just scrap paper

Proactive classroom management

Physically active reading activities

The big list of CPD for ELT

Discussion questions- problems and solutions

Theory and practice in the Cambridge DELTA Module 2

Giving students individual attention

Post reading tasks for the storybook Where’s Spot?

Reading Where’s Spot in EFL classes

Discussion questions to use with images

Using the song and book Ten in the Bed in EFL classes

Using Brown Bear Brown Bear in EFL classes

How to find EFL worksheets on the internet

How to use the Primary iDictionary CD ROM in class

Can-do statements in preschool English classes

Questions to ask before a new kindergarten English class

35 Present Perfect Simple and Continuous games

Explaining the Present Perfect Continuous

Using Yahoo Answers in EFL classes

Picture dictionary games and actitivies

Using Learn English Kids Just for Fun games in class

How to make English spelling interesting (or even fun)

Problems, solutions and variations for hangman in EFL

Speaking games for beginners and false beginners

Four approaches to teaching vocabulary

Using the picture book From Head to Toe in EFL classes

25 defining and non-defining relative clauses games

18 fun activities connected to the topic of amusement parks

23 uses for pelmanism and SNAP

Yet another 15 ways to make writing interactive

32 variations on pelmanism

15 more ways of making writing interactive

15 ways of making writing interactive

15 countable and uncountable noun games

15 fun activities for prepositions of time

15 ways of using questionnaires in class

15 more ways of using questionnaires in class

15 variations on the Clap Clap Clap game

15 variations on Change Chairs If

15 ways of combining listening and reading

15 fun activities for a, an and the

The 15 best tips for learning articles

15 things not to do with an interactive whiteboard (IWB)

Yet another 15 games for Reported Speech

15 solutions for mixed motivation classes

15 reasons for misbehaviour in preschool English classes (and what to do about them)

15 learner autonomy problems and solutions

15 fun ways of practising country and nationality words

15 fun activities for there is/ are/ was/ were

15 fun practice activities for family vocabulary

15 things to teach about apologizing

15 variations on grammar reversi

15 things to teach about sentence stress and rhythm

15 things to include in a TEFL workshop

15 more Reported Speech games

15 tips for people attending TESOL conferences

15 more ways of classifying classroom questions

15 ways of classifying classroom questions

15 Q and A personalisation games

15 fun ways of practising reported speech

15 error correction games

15 ways to learn students’ names

15 more fun ways to practice the Past Perfect

15 fun ways to practice third and mixed conditionals

15 fun ways of practising the Past Perfect

15 more ways of eliciting vocabulary

15 fun ways to practice will for predictions

15 ways of eliciting vocabulary

15 criteria for good groupwork organisation

15 ways to cut out or limit L1 use in class

15 ways of putting students into groups

15 ways to bring lucky chances into your classroom and lesson planning

15 more ways to bring lucky chances into your classroom and lesson planning

15 ways to start an adult lesson

15 ways to finish a preschool English lesson

15 ways to stop students translating

15 ways to boost your teaching confidence

15 more ways to boost your teaching confidence

Yet another 15 ways of boosting your teaching confidence

15 ways of starting a preschool English lesson

15 easy ways to bring change into the classroom

15 ways of dealing with students who pause before they speak

15 ways of dealing with pre-experience business and ESP students

15 variations on TEFL boardgames

15 ways of simplifying your classroom language

15 more ways of simplifying your classroom language

Yet another 15 ways to make sure your students understand you

Almost certainly the final 15 ways of avoiding classroom misunderstandings

15 ways to adapt a textbook with too much stuff in it

15 more ways to cope with an overloaded textbook

Yet another 15 ways of dealing with a textbook that is packed full of material

15 ways of coping with a textbook that is too easy

15 more ways of using a textbook that is too low level for your class

5 fun ways of using preschool storybooks

15 ways of preparing for ELT management

15 variations on a grammar auction

15 common complaints about TEFL workshops (and what to do about them)

15 things to find out about a TEFL certificate course

15 criteria of a good needs analysis

15 ways to prepare for the CELTA etc

15 ways to do needs analysis

15 typical textbook activities you can personalize

15 real life situations for the language of describing people (and how to use them in the classroom)

15 games for the language of describing people

15 ways to help your students dream in English

15 games for the language of likes and dislikes

15 classroom language games

15 punishments for preschool English classes

15 business English games for describing your company and job

15 criteria for good kindergarten worksheets

15 stages of using preschool English songs

The first 15 stages of using worksheets in preschool English classes

15 ways to personalize your young learner classes

15 criteria for a good kindergarten song

15 techniques for calming down a preschool English class

15 variations for large preschool English classes

15 fun sit down activities for preschool English classes

15 ways to prepare for the CELTA etc (stuff to do before you start your TEFL certificate to make it easier and improve your final grade)

15 difficulties in teaching the language of describing people (and what to do about them)

15 ways to help your students forget

15 ways to write a TEFL review

15 reasons to write TEFL reviews

15 flashcard activities for any pre-school English class

15 criteria for a good TEFL workshop

15 uses for guessing games in any pre-school class

15 problems and solutions for large pre-school classes

15 variations on TPR for little kids

The 15 stages of teaching numbers

15 ways to simplify reading texts

15 ways to reproduce exam conditions

15 ways to make exam tasks fun

15 ways to make exam tasks easier

15 fun ways to score points

15 ways to judge an EFL textbook

15 criteria for a good pre-school English class

15 reasons why PPP is so unfashionable

15 fun English for job applications practice tasks

15 fun gapfill task games

15 ways to turn students onto graded readers

15 fun games for the Present Continuous

15 ways to stay motivated to teach

15 variations on PPP

15 common misconceptions about Business English and ESP

15 more cultural differences in the Japanese classroom

15 cultural differences in the Japanese classroom

15 more criteria for a good cultural training lesson

15 criteria for a good cultural training lesson

15 more important cultural differences in the classroom

15 important cultural differences in the EFL classroom

The 15 most fun pronunciation games

15 fun Present Perfect games

15 ways to make multiple choice questions manageable and fun

15 variations on Find Someone who and mingling games

The 15 best TEFL drawing games

15 physical TEFL warmers and game for adults

The 15 best TEFL games with miming/ TPR

The 15 most fun Business English lessons

The 15 most fun and useful cultural training topics

15 ways to make email practice fun

15 easy ways to start using phonemics in class

The 15 most interesting TOEIC lessons

15 warmers for true/ false tasks

15 fun ways of using a whiteboard

15 fun ways of practising telephoning

15 fun things to do with an OHP

Easy ways to write a TEFL workshop/ article

Easy ways to improve your TEFL career

Top teaching banana skins and how to avoid them

SAC shock- I wouldn’t know where to start (tips on how to make a self-access centre/ student library more accessible)

Cut out cutting up (time management tips on how to cut down on preparation time)

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