My articles on TEFL.net

About 270 articles which I published up to September 2013, in reverse chronological order. All these articles 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 – LINK UPDATED

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

Rethinking running around games  – LINK UPDATED

Running dictations in EFL classes – LINK UPDATED

How to use the game Stations in EFL classes  – LINK UPDATED

Making current affairs lessons less temporary – LINK UPDATED

How to teach this/ that/ these/ those  – LINK UPDATED

100 things to consider when reviewing TEFL materials – LINK UPDATED

How to review TEFL materials – LINK UPDATED

7 this/ that/ these/ those games – LINK UPDATED

Physical games to practise a/ an – LINK UPDATED

Classroom practice of a/ an – LINK UPDATED

How to teach a/ an – LINK UPDATED

How to teach have/ have got– LINK UPDATED

7 games for have/ have got – LINK UPDATED

How to teach the Academic Word List– LINK UPDATED

How to teach Future Continuous– LINK UPDATED

Stimulating speaking for Future Continuous– LINK UPDATED

Future continuous games– LINK UPDATED

Different ways of brainstorming in EFL classes– LINK UPDATED

How to teach Future Perfect– LINK UPDATED

How to teach English for architects– LINK UPDATED

Fun activities for architecture vocabulary– LINK UPDATED

How teach directions to young learners– LINK UPDATED

Stimulating lessons on toys– LINK UPDATED

TEFL on the Net– LINK UPDATED

Practice of the time for kids– LINK UPDATED

How to teach Present Perfect for unfinished times– LINK UPDATED

Speaking for Present Perfect with unfinished times– LINK UPDATED

Pronunciation problems for Spanish speaking learners of English– LINK UPDATED

YL lessons on food– LINK UPDATED

Using the topic of animals to teach other language– LINK UPDATED

Playing with our Word Bag– LINK UPDATED

Speaking activities for yet and already– LINK UPDATED

Teaching yet and already– LINK UPDATED

Activities for Present Perfect for experiences– LINK UPDATED

How to teach Have you ever– LINK UPDATED

35 reasons to write TEFL articles– LINK UPDATED

Present Continuous for the future games– LINK UPDATED

How to practise Used to in class– LINK UPDATED

Classroom practice for IELTS Speaking Parts One and Three– LINK UPDATED

How to teach the Unreal Past– LINK UPDATED

Activities for making requests– LINK UPDATED

How to teach dealing with enquiries – LINK UPDATED

Continuous aspect activities– LINK UPDATED

Fun first conditional practice– LINK UPDATED

What your students need to know for IELTS Reading – LINK UPDATED

Fun activities for the second conditional – LINK UPDATED

How to teach FCE Use of English Part One – LINK FIXED

Games to practice dates – LINK FIXED

How to teach ordinal numbers – LINK FIXED

What students need to know about whole numbers – LINK FIXED

Adverbs of frequency games – LINK FIXED

Teaching contractions – LINK FIXED

Teaching benefit classes – LINK FIXED

TEFL course FAQ (mainly my work) – LINK FIXED

ESL Jobs FAQ (mainly mine) – LINK FIXED

Combining collocations and pronunciation – LINK FIXED

Ten time expressions that your students probably need to know – LINK FIXED

Fun practice for the Simple Past – LINK FIXED

Ten typical misleading claims by TEFL course providers – LINK FIXED

Seven fun activities for mixed future tenses – LINK FIXED

General explanations for all English future forms – LINK FIXED

Fun practice activities for Going to (both meanings) – LINK FIXED

15 reasons to avoid a TEFL course – LINK FIXED

Andrew Wright interview – LINK FIXED

15 fun activities contrasting Present Simple and Present Continuous – LINK FIXED

Teaching Perfect tenses – LINK FIXED

15 fun past continuous activities – LINK FIXED

Teaching continuous tenses – LINK FIXED

Words that are different in Japanese and English – LINK FIXED

Variations on classic Young Learner games One – Slap – LINK FIXED

How the Japanese chop up English – LINK FIXED

Made in Japan English words and expressions – LINK FIXED

Pronunciation changes in Japanese English – LINK FIXED

How Japanese English works – LINK FIXED

Using simple picture flashcards to teach phonics – LINK FIXED

Finding things in common – LINK FIXED

15 cultural differences in the Korean classroom – LINK FIXED

20 fun ways to teach kids body vocabulary – LINK FIXED

Finding a balance in the use of competition – LINK FIXED

Thinking time in ELT – LINK FIXED

Level tests versus placement tests – LINK FIXED

Using Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush in EFL classes – LINK FIXED

English is everywhere for everyone – LINK FIXED

Making sure students understand your instructions – LINK FIXED

15 zero preparation games with just scrap paper – LINK FIXED

Proactive classroom management – LINK FIXED

Physically active reading activities – LINK FIXED

The big list of CPD for ELT – LINK FIXED

Discussion questions- problems and solutions – LINK FIXED

Theory and practice in the Cambridge DELTA Module 2 – LINK FIXED

Giving students individual attention – LINK FIXE

Reading Where’s Spot in EFL classes – LINK FIXED

Discussion questions to use with images – LINK FIXED

Using the song and book Ten in the Bed in EFL classes – LINK FIXED

How to find EFL worksheets on the internet – LINK FIXED

How to use the Primary iDictionary CD ROM in class – LINK FIXED

Can-do statements in preschool English classes – LINK FIXED

Questions to ask before a new kindergarten English class – LINK FIXED

35 Present Perfect Simple and Continuous games – LINK FIXED

Explaining the Present Perfect Continuous – LINK FIXED

Using Yahoo Answers in EFL classes – LINK FIXED

Picture dictionary games and actitivies – LINK FIXED

Problems, solutions and variations for hangman in EFL – LINK FIXED

Speaking games for beginners and false beginners – LINK FIXED

Four approaches to teaching vocabulary – LINK FIXED

Using the picture book From Head to Toe in EFL classes – LINK FIXED

24 defining and non-defining relative clauses games – LINK FIXED

18 fun activities connected to the topic of amusement parks – LINK FIXED

23 uses for pelmanism and SNAP – LINK FIXED

Yet another 15 ways to make writing interactive – LINK FIXED

32 variations on pelmanism – LINK FIXED

Interactivity in writing – LINK FIXED

Making writing interactive – LINK FIXED

15 countable and uncountable noun games – LINK FIXED

15 fun activities for prepositions of time – LINK FIXED

15 ways of using questionnaires in class – LINK FIXED

15 more ways of using questionnaires in class – LINK FIXED

15 variations on the Clap Clap Clap game – LINK FIXED

15 variations on Change Chairs If – LINK FIXED

15 ways of combining listening and reading – LINK FIXED

15 fun activities for a, an and the – LINK FIXED

The 15 best tips for learning articles – LINK FIXED

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

Yet another 15 games for Reported Speech – LINK FIXED

15 solutions for mixed motivation classes – LINK FIXED

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

15 learner autonomy problems and solutions – LINK FIXED

15 fun ways of practising country and nationality words – LINK FIXED

15 fun activities for there is/ are/ was/ were – LINK FIXED

15 fun practice activities for family vocabulary – LINK FIXED

15 things to teach about apologizing – LINK FIXED

15 variations on grammar reversi – LINK FIXED

15 things to teach about sentence stress and rhythm – LINK FIXED

15 things to include in a TEFL workshop – LINK FIXED

15 more Reported Speech games – LINK FIXED

15 tips for people attending TESOL conferences – LINK FIXED

15 more ways of classifying classroom questions – LINK FIXED

15 ways of classifying classroom questions – LINK FIXED

15 Q and A personalisation games – LINK FIXED

15 fun ways of practising reported speech – LINK FIXED

15 ways to learn students’ names – LINK FIXED

15 more fun ways to practice the Past Perfect – LINK FIXED

15 fun ways to practice third and mixed conditionals – LINK FIXED

15 fun ways of practising the Past Perfect – LINK FIXED

15 more ways of eliciting vocabulary – LINK FIXED

15 fun ways to practice will for predictions – LINK FIXED

15 ways of eliciting vocabulary – LINK FIXED

15 criteria for good groupwork organisation – LINK FIXED

15 ways to cut out or limit L1 use in class – LINK FIXED

15 ways of putting students into groups – LINK FIXED

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

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

15 ways to start an adult lesson – LINK FIXED

15 ways to finish a preschool English lesson – LINK FIXED

15 ways to stop students translating – LINK FIXED

15 ways to boost your teaching confidence – LINK FIXED

15 more ways to boost your teaching confidence – LINK FIXED

Yet another 15 ways of boosting your teaching confidence – LINK FIXED

15 ways of starting a preschool English lesson – LINK FIXED

15 easy ways to bring change into the classroom – LINK FIXED

15 ways of dealing with students who pause before they speak – LINK FIXED

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

15 variations on TEFL board games – LINK FIXED

15 ways of simplifying your classroom language – LINK FIXED

15 more ways of simplifying your classroom language – LINK FIXED

Yet another 15 ways to make sure your students understand you – LINK FIXED

Almost certainly the final 15 ways of avoiding classroom misunderstandings – LINK FIXED

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

15 more ways to cope with an overloaded textbook – LINK FIXED

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

15 ways of coping with a textbook that is too easy – LINK FIXED

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

15 fun ways of using preschool storybooks – LINK FIXED

15 ways of preparing for ELT management – LINK FIXED

15 variations on a grammar auction – LINK FIXED

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

15 things to find out about a TEFL certificate course – LINK FIXED

15 criteria of a good needs analysis – LINK FIXED

15 ways to prepare for the CELTA etc – LINK FIXED

15 ways to do needs analysis – LINK FIXED

15 typical textbook activities you can personalize – LINK FIXED

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

15 games for the language of describing people – LINK FIXED

15 ways to help your students dream in English – LINK FIXED

15 games for the language of likes and dislikes – LINK FIXED

15 classroom language games – LINK FIXED

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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