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Check in regularly for EFL teaching ideas, ideas for your ESOL classes, suggestions for your TEFL classes and for articles related to the teaching of English.

Great EFL Vocab Graphics

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

If you are an Social Media active EFL tutor you will have noticed a proliferation of images containing vocabulary.  Many are fantastic, imaginative and fun.  Create your own - and it can be a great activity to get your students to do - work on one in class and then set them each a difference one to create for homework.  I've included some of my favourites below...                

Top 5 books for new EFL teachers

August 24th, 2016|0 Comments

There can be no doubt that EFL tutors are generally a positive, enthusiastic bunch. We love sharing tips with each other, will happily swap lesson plans and ideas and are quick to help out if other teachers are struggling with something. Alongside this ‘get stuck in’ attitude, there is also a real commitment from many teachers to continual improvement. Observing colleagues is a fantastic way to pick up different ideas and learn from more experienced colleagues. And in addition to the people around you, there are some great books that can help refocus and refresh your teaching. We’re not going to include textbooks in this list. Instead, we’re focussing on authors who look at pedagogy and reference books. So, our [...]

4 ways technology can save EFL teachers time

August 17th, 2016|0 Comments

There are so many ways that EFL teachers can make use of technology to aid their teaching. You can use pop songs for listening practice, direct students to useful websites for independent learning or bring [...]

A great game for reluctant speakers

August 8th, 2016|0 Comments

We’ve all been there. The ‘tumbleweed’ sensation when a lesson that revolves around student discussion falls flat because they don’t want to talk. While the sound of embarrassed silence is something no teacher wants [...]

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Using authentic texts for EFL: the key considerations

July 5th, 2016|0 Comments

There are real benefits to using authentic texts in English teaching. But what if it is too complex? What if students get stuck and can’t complete the task? These questions can sometimes put teachers off [...]

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The ABCD English Guide to the Great British Summer

June 16th, 2016|0 Comments

Summer? What summer? For those of you from more tropical climates, the British Summer can seem a little disappointing. The temperature rarely gets above 30 degrees Celsius and there are more cloudy days than sunny. [...]

Cambridge General English Exams Explained

April 28th, 2016|0 Comments

About the Cambridge General English Exams (YLE, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) The Cambridge General English Exams (FCE, CAE and CPE) are a series world-wide respected exams designed to help you measure and prove your progress [...]

Stay Calm with these IELTS Tips

April 8th, 2016|0 Comments

Preparing for your IELTS test?  Here are 10 top tips to give you the best chance of passing: Preparation.  The IELTS test is a test of your level of English.  So you need to start by [...]

A drop of ink may make a million think (proverbs 4 of 4)

April 6th, 2016|0 Comments

This is the final installment of proverbs and common English expressions.  Refer to the previous articles to read: 100 common English proverbs 100 common English expressions 100 more English proverbs In this final installment are 34 [...]

5 Tips to Speak English Confidently

March 30th, 2016|0 Comments

You have had countless English lessons at school, you have studied your books, you are going to English classes, you are very keen to learn English, and yet you are struggling to make the step to speak [...]

Using Realia in EFL & ESOL Lessons

March 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

What is Realia? In the context of EFL and ESOL lessons, realia means the use of real objects or material to develop skills in the target language.  Some EFL tutors will specifically mean real materials written [...]

EFL Professional Bodies (EFL, ELT, TEFL)

March 12th, 2016|0 Comments

If you get a job teaching English in a new country, have a look at their associated professional body to see if they can offer you any advice.  But even if not, many of their websites [...]

Vocab – Colours

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Vocab for English Learners - Colours EFL learner? Learn all the colours of the rainbow, and more - and listen to how the words are said. White  Pink  Red [...]

IELTS Explained

March 11th, 2016|0 Comments

If you are learning or teaching English and don't yet know all about IELTS then read on - it's probably the most influential English test in the world at the moment! What is IELTS? IELTS [...]

Small Talk – What do you say when you meet at the photocopier?

March 1st, 2016|0 Comments

Among native speakers small talk is a way to start or develop a conversation - we do this when we meet someone new, or strike up a conversation with someone we don't know very well. [...]

100 more English proverbs

February 24th, 2016|0 Comments

In previous posts I have given 100 common English proverbs and 100 common English expressions and now I shall continue the theme with 100 more English proverbs.  I mentioned that the previous 100 English proverbs were common enough that I had used them in a [...]

EFL and ESOL Conferences

February 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Conferences give you are chance to see new resources for your teaching and to give you related ideas.  They also give you the opportunity to listen to some enthusiastic people in the field.  But most importantly [...]

Valentine’s Images for your EFL Lesson Today

February 12th, 2016|0 Comments

Your EFL class today are likely to be aware of Valentine's day - use the opportunity to introduce topical vocabulary.  Get your English learner's speaking by asking those with partners how they met, and those [...]

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100 common English expressions

February 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Are you an English learner and want to talk like a native speaker? Below are 100 English expressions which are regularly used by contemporary native speakers.  I have, at some point, said them all in [...]

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100 common English proverbs

January 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Below are 100 English proverbs.  They are common enough that I have, at some point, said them in a real context. Without going overboard, English proverbs are a useful tool for the occasional EFL lesson.  English learners [...]

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Jobs for ESOL Teachers

January 14th, 2016|0 Comments

Gained some great teaching experience in the UK or overseas?  Come back to the UK (or been here all along) and want to put your experience to good use - and earn a living - [...]

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15 Tips for Teaching English (EFL, EAL, ESOL)

December 15th, 2015|0 Comments

How useful any one of these tips is depends on the context, whether you are teaching mixed or the same nationality, the age of your learners, how well behaved they are, their ability, and your [...]

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Core Vocabulary

December 6th, 2015|0 Comments

The bookshelves of the English and EFL sections libraries and bookshops are lined with all manner of dictionaries and vocabulary books and aids.  A dictionary can contain too many words for a learner - only because [...]

What is the difference between EFL and ESL?

December 3rd, 2015|0 Comments

I'll start by pointing out that in the UK the fields of English and languages is split into three areas: Native English speakers (who can therefore already speak English) study the subject 'English', a field [...]

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English Learners – Motivation

October 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Motivation is the most important element when teaching anything, including English. Learning English when not motivated is one of the most difficult things in the world - but when motivated it turns into a pleasure [...]

Praesent Et Urna Turpis

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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Class Aptent Taciti Soci Ad Litora

July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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July 31st, 2012|0 Comments

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