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I interviewed Herbert Puchta at the recent ETAS AGM and one of the things he said was, … I’m sorry, I’ll repeat that in case you weren’t paying attention – I INTERVIEWED HERBERT PUCHTA, aren’t I lucky?!! This is the … Continue reading

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In defence of vocab lists

Gosh, what a brave title, I can hear you all hissing from here. Before you actually start spitting at your screen, hear me out. Yes, I would love my students to learn English through communication activities and masses of comprehensible … Continue reading

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Do I have to teach grammar for them to learn grammar?

I experienced two “moments” while teaching this week, both related to teaching grammar. In the first class the present perfect +ing was introduced in a text about music. I asked the pupils who played an instrument and elicited a few … Continue reading

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Fab idea #2

  For those days you just want to play games or when you don’t want to start something new at the end of a lesson;  just write some ideas on post-its, laminate them (everything looks better when laminated) and put … Continue reading

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Phonology Fear

  I’ve always had a real phonology phobia and avoided using it in class. In fact, apart from the odd bit of repetition/drilling I don’t teach much pronunciation at all to be honest. I’ve always thought, that given enough opportunity … Continue reading

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Using #myipad in the classroom.

@ICTEvangelist got me thinking about this article after I followed his hashtag #mypad. @ICTEvangelist bitsboard fantastic app for vocab acquisition & revision #myipad — Fab Englishteacher (@fabenglishteach) December 16, 2013 I got my mini ipad earlier this year, after resisting … Continue reading

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What’s in your bag?

I was proud to see my bag made it into this TES article. Who would have thought that such a disorganised mess would have interested anyone?! I found it fascinating reading about everyone else’s bags though. What’s in yours? Do you … Continue reading

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Sweets & Jokers – how to blatantly bribe your students.

We have just reached the end of the first term, this means many things. End of term exams, reports, frayed tempers and tears (and that’s just the staffroom!). It also means sweeties!! After a few years dithering about “forgotten” homework, … Continue reading

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Using QR codes in the classroom

  I must admit being a bit of a geek at home, and trying to bring some of these things into the classroom. After all, we all complain that kids today have always got their nose stuck to their smartphone/tablet/p.c. … Continue reading

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