Category Archives: musings

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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A journey in languages

I’m feeling a bit shy … maybe even a bit sheepish … as I come back to blogging after such a long time away, and a bit unsure about where to start. This is a post that’s been playing in … Continue reading

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