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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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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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Demotivating feedback

Quite recently I was approached about writing short stories for German KS3 (I had applied for another project, but I was asked to work on this one). I was really excited about the project. I relished the challenge of writing … Continue reading

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Help! My students think their course book is too easy

After my musings from the other week, I find this post by Ken Wilson very enlightening. I’m kicking myself for not having thought of the idea. Unfortunately, it’s too late for this term, but I’ll try it next. Oxford University … Continue reading

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Bottom-up decoding: reading and listening for the future

Oxford University Press Image source: http://images.cdn.fotopedia.com/flickr-281194868-hd.jpg Mark Bartram, a teacher trainer and materials writer, explores different approaches for processing written and spoken text, and how they can be integrated into the English language classroom.  Are you a top-downer or a bottom-upper? … Continue reading

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Teacher’s Notes classics

As Levels 1-3 have been written, I’m back on the Teacher’s Notes: writing, development editing and editing. The joy! To help keep me sane I’ve complied a list of classic ‘head hitters’. Before I divulge the hit list, I have … Continue reading

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Mission impossible?

I was recently asked to produce sample material for an EFL coursebook aimed at the following: the primary markets: the Middle East, Turkey and the UK (already quite a diverse mix); the secondary markets: Korea (presumably South), Taiwan, Thailand, Japan, Hong … Continue reading

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Hello world!

I decided to join the blogging world, so that I could share my thoughts and experiences in working with international students. My aim is also to write about any theories, books or articles  I have read.  

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