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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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looking back, looking forward

Yesterday was the last class of term with my beginners class.   The night before I sat at my computer and went through our lesson summaries from the last three months. I wanted to take stock of what we’d done.  As … 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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getting the balance right

This is part four in the series about my beginners class. In this and the next post I want to take a step back and look at the slightly bigger picture.  We’ve now been having classes for  a month and … Continue reading

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every board tells a story?

This is the third post in a short series about teaching beginners. You can see the first and second posts here and here. This was our board at the end of the second lesson. ( Click on the photo to … Continue reading

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first steps

In my last post I talked about a new class I’m teaching and some of the thoughts coming out of the first lesson.  In this post I’m moving on to lesson two … Of course, no lesson is an island, … Continue reading

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barefoot with beginners

A few weeks ago I started a new class. An A1.1 class.  It’s been a long time since I’ve taught beginners. Or I should say it’s been a long time since I taught English to beginners. It’s a small class. … Continue reading

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talking dogme (2) looking back

This week has been a fairly busy week, a lot of hours away from my computer screen for a change, and lots of walks in and out of shady Plaza Mina in the centre of old town Cádiz.  That’s where … Continue reading

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loop or lope?

  a new fixation continued … In my last post I wrote about the books I’ve been reading with – or rather alongside – my 10 year old son and the insights we’ve shared into how we “grow” language through reading. This … Continue reading

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