Author Archives: Ceri Jones

Emergent phonology

I’m teaching a group of C1 students at the moment. They’re university lecturers and the main aim of the course is to boost their confidence in their ability to teach through the medium of English.  Our brief for this term … Continue reading

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A bird in the hand

Photo by ALP STUDIO on Unsplash Another quick and simple task with minimal resources. With my current group of teachers, a mixture of content teachers teaching through the medium of English and English language teachers, we have a “cultural curiosity” corner each class.  … Continue reading


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How long’s a piece of string?

Photo by Fleur Treurniet on Unsplash Here’s a quick classroom task for upper primary, secondary, teens or adults. I’ve found it appeals most to younger teens. Ask your class a question with “How long” e.g “How long does it take to digest a … Continue reading

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In the flow

[photo credit Nathan Hall, eltpics, Water] A very small thing has prompted me to write again. It was a speaking task, an incredibly simple speaking task that  I hadn’t expected to take off as it did. It was the first … Continue reading

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Processing the exam

listen by lambda_X on flickr The class I’m teaching at the moment is a mixed teenage and adult class, and all the students are hoping at some time over the next year to take the Cambridge FCE exam. At the … Continue reading

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Attention breeds attention

This is a very short observation of a very small phenomenon, nothing new or ground-breaking, but something I wanted to explore.  I’ve noticed it a couple of times recently in my current class of mixed teens and adults. The first … Continue reading

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Reflecting on reflecting

[This post was also published on the British Council Teaching English blog. ] I’m two weeks into a new course with a new class and one of the questions on the BC blog this month got me thinking about how … Continue reading

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Walking the walk?

(the palm trees that framed our conversations in the gardens at Oxford House) Last weekend I attended the first Innovate Conference at Oxford House in Barcelona.  It was a great experience and one that we all appreciated very much. A big thanks is in … Continue reading

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Denver the guilty dog

Last weekend I was at the TESOL Spain conference in Salamanca. A beautiful city and a great conference, thanks to all the organizers for a warm welcome. This was one of the activities we looked at in my session on … Continue reading

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Into, through and beyond

 This weekend I’m going to be attending the Image Conference in Córdoba.  If you don’t know about The Image Conference, check it out here on the website.   It’s a great initiative and I really enjoyed the first event in Barcelona … Continue reading

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