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What I learnt from reading Marie Delaney’s “Special Educational Needs”

An unexpected day off work was recently the perfect opportunity to make a dint in my reading pile and so I polished off Marie Delaney’s Special Educational Needs. A great, well –organised book for any teacher who has students with … Continue reading

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Webinar review – Charles Hadfield : Creative Grammar IATEFL

Another advantage of being an IATEFL member is being able to snuggle down of an afternoon and watch a webinar whenever I’ve got the time and inclination. I’d been meaning to watch this one for a while and was pleased … Continue reading

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How to reboot your CPD

I’ve just watched a recording of Fiona Dunlop‘s webinar for IATEFL, entitled “How to access your CPD“. This, for me illustrates the availability of CPD today compared to when I started teaching, can you imagine it?- no internet, no blogs, … Continue reading

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Workshop Review : Sophie Handy – Top Tips For Teens

In the first part of her talk at TESOL France this weekend Sophie described common factors of the various stages of “teenagerdom”: 11-13 girl/boy gulf teacher approval still strong influence world seen in black or white new school =new challenges … Continue reading

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Review- Carol Read’s Plenary: Reflections on how to become a highly efficient teacher

Carol gave this fantastic plenary at TESOL France this weekend. She started her plenary with the story of a woman who, furious that her plumber had charged her £50 for tapping on a pipe, asked for a detailed invoice… INVOICE – … Continue reading

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Workshop Review -Esra Girgin Gümüstekin – Teach Empowered

One of a series of workshops I saw this weekend at TESOL France. Billed “to kick boredom out of the classroom” and “to motivate students to internalize the language” Esra showed us loads of fun activities, and woke us all … Continue reading

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What I learnt today: Engaging Young learners with Content, Language & Learning Skills

Today I went to a workshop led by Jane Maria Harding da Rosa who blogs at When she said we learn by teaching, I knew she was talking to me! So here are some of the things I learnt today: … Continue reading

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A webinar review : Herbert Puchta – Motivating Teens through activating their brain’s own reward

Today I watched Puchta’s webinar on the Cambridge English teacher site, if you aren’t already a member of this excellent organisation the I would advise you to join it, they have courses, webinars and advice from experts in various fields including … Continue reading

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Recent research on the use of L1 in the EFL classroom

Reading around this subject for my talk I came across a lot of interesting stuff, this article in particular- “Let’s Humanize Language Teaching by Using L1” by Ms. Deepti Jindal, M.A., B.Ed. One section was especially interesting, she talked about why … Continue reading

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My Top 10 Teaching books

I came across this blog post while messing about on twitter the other day, as I have a secret passion for reading books about teaching (how sad is that for a hobby?!) it was really interesting to see what other people’s recommendations … Continue reading

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