Category Archives: musings

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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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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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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100 words

Following on from the class I wrote about in the last post , I received this piece of homework from one of the students.  I’ve added the photo as it’s one of my favourite beaches too – cows and all! TEXT: MY  … Continue reading

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What’s my role?

[part of an on-going series about teaching an A1.1 class using a negotiated-syllabus approach] As soon as we’d finished our class yesterday, I sat down at the computer to write a summary – not for the class, but for myself.  … Continue reading

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following a thread

A storm has blown up once again in the blogosphere over grammar McNuggets and it got me thinking about how I serve them up with my present class of beginners. So I decided to pick out one particular nugget and … Continue reading

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Back to school

This is a very personal post.  From a different side of the learning fence.  It’s about the challenge I face as a parent at the beginning of the new school year. I have two kids, 8 and 10, who are … Continue reading

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a learning experiment

thanks to Bob Doran on flickr for his light experiment Earlier today the twitter-based #eltchat group were discussing experiences of, and opinions about, some “alternative” teaching techniques, namely the Silent Way, TPR (Total Physical Response) and Suggestopedia. I mentioned a method … Continue reading

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Following from afar

This week the annual IATEFL UK conference is being held in Glasgow. I’m guessing I probably didn’t need to tell a lot of the visitors to this blog. For the first time I’m following from afar.  It isn’t the first … Continue reading

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A short footnote

I’m in Bilbao this weekend. And I’m loving it. Here’s an image I found on flickr before I travelled up. It was so good to find the exact spot where it was taken and compare the image with my reality. … Continue reading

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