Author Archives: sarahali

About sarahali

I am linguist working in the EFL field. I started my teaching career in East Germany in 1997, continuing for a while (7 years) in Austria before settling back in the UK, where I am now based. I have taught English in various forms (ESP, ESOL, Business English, EFL (general) and EAP) to students ranging from 3 years of age to 80. I have written, developed and edited teaching material and curricular for the Arabic speaking world, as well as African countries. I have also written materials and teacher's books for 3-year olds learning in multi-lingual schools. I'm currently a senior tutor for EAP, as well as a TEL co-ordinator, as well as an academic proofreader. I speak English, German and French, with a basic knowledge of Arabic and Spanish.

How children speak. Do they? – Michael Rosen

I’ve just read this article by Michael Rosen and I can’t agree more with what he says. Language doesn’t, and never has, fit in to ‘boxes’  or set patterns that apply to every situation. I watch my children communicate (aged 4 and … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the Jones’

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write a post, what with one thing and another. I have been thinking about what to write and have mentally had about 15 ideas – the trouble is I don’t write … Continue reading

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Encouraging curiosity

Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning While this talk uses chemistry teaching, I feel that it is valid for all kinds of teaching, including languages.  Engaging students in learning and the learning process, for me, is key in any … Continue reading

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Planning – end of term review

In the lead up to the term I’ve just completed, I’d participated in a webinar which awoke an interest in reflecting on how I plan lessons. I decided to use the questions below to analyse the way  that I plan. … Continue reading

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eBeam – the students’ perspective

At the end of the eBeam trial I asked students to (anonymously) write down what they thought of it. Here are their responses (with permission): “It’s not really neccessary, we can use it sometimes, but not each course. Sometimes it … Continue reading

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Unplanned planning

The research into my own planning process has been of to an interesting start! I was hoping to be comparing the process I’ve been going through with the responses I’ve had about how teachers plan this week, but hey, best … Continue reading

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Lesson planning

A few weeks ago I participated in a webinar on lesson planning (Perspectives of lesson planning. John Huges. Oxford University Press), introduced through a blog post of the same name (http://oupeltglobalblog.com/tag/webinar/). It spurred me into thinking about how I plan my … Continue reading

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Language acquisition

As a linguist interested in first and second language acquisition, I’m in a very privileged position of bringing up a child in a bilingual environment.  I’ve been listening to the language acquisition with great interest (I should really note down more … Continue reading

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Using eBeam tools

It can be gleaned from my previous eBeam post that eBeam didn’t work as I had hoped it to as a whiteboard, but I thought it wasn’t too big a deal (I’ve managed without whiteboards for years) because I could … Continue reading

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Using eBeam as a whiteboard

Using eBeam as a whiteboard was one of the eBeam  features that I was most excited about (yes – I should get out more!). Most teachers, especially those in EAP using university teaching rooms, have at some point been in … Continue reading

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