A selection of articles and essays related to the teaching of English as a second or foreign language. If you wish, you can submit an article for possible publication.
Teachers need career pathways because if they don’t know where they’re going how can they expect others to follow?
A look at strategies for assessing and evaluating students considering a specific group
Short but thorough guide to teaching “must have done”, “can’t be”, etc.
How to stop wasting class time.
Going beyond phrases such as “like” and “for example”.
Using and expanding students’ memories while studying English as a foreign language.
How to start English for Academic Purposes classes in a pleasant and useful way.
What clothes vocabulary to teach and how to do so, including introducing loads of fun.
Fun classroom activities for prefixes and suffixes, especially useful for FCE, CAE and other exam classes.
Presentation and practice ideas for adults and young learners studying “You can’t…”, “… isn’t allowed”, etc.
Fun activities to practise talking about desires.
All kinds of lessons on the vital topic of green spaces in our towns and cities.
An overview of which body words to teach and how.
How to present and practise a much neglected and badly taught verb for expressing desires.
Up to 10% of any given population are estimated to have some degree of learning difficulty. This article suggests what to watch out for and ways to make learning easier for your LD students.
Presentation and practice of polite requests in communication inside and outside the classroom, including typical student problems.
When and how to use TPR-like activities with adult learners.
All kinds of lessons on a pleasant and surprisingly popular topic, also suitable for ESP students such as landscape architects.
Games with miming and other movement for the pronunciation and meaning of can and can’t.
Ways of adding fun and loads of other useful language to what is usually your students’ introduction to modal verbs.
A quick summary of what prepositions to teach kids and how to do so.
One of the main factors in achieving student satisfaction and getting the most out of your lessons is positive teacher-student relations.
The unusual but suprisingly fun and effective combination of televisual images and words like “above” and “between”.
The great combination of artistic activities and words like “on”, “in” and “under”.
Total Physical Response activities to practise on, under, next to etc with young learners.
Ways of revising vocabulary as you present prepositions like “on” and “above”, or revising prepositions like these as you present new vocabulary.
Teaching the language that students need in order to give and ask for opinions, rather than just asking them to do so.
Much more intensive language of agreeing and disagreeing etc than just the usual discussion questions.
Ways to make sure craft activities develop students’ English ability as much as their artistic skills.
How to teach the CLILtastic topic of shapes, also vital for cutting down on L1 in classroom instructions.
Connor Davies offers tips for TEFL teachers who dream of self-employment.
Students often use the freedom of one-to-one classes to ask too many unimportant questions or questions the teacher can’t answer off the top of their head. This article offers some solutions.
Stimulating and efficient ways of teaching the basics of numbers to young learners.
A video about the native speaker myth.
Making sure that all classes get lots of functional language and that those lessons are useful for everyone.
Presenting Vocabulary in YL Classes
Be creative. Be appealing. Be quick. To make sure your students will remember all the new words you taught them, be fun and have fun as well!
Ideas on Classroom Management in YL Classes
Tips to make your Young Learner classes work like magic
Cool Corporate English Consciousness
Giving your corporate classes the best approach
Two Gateways for Teachers of English
Review of EnglishClub and TEFL.net
Word Up Review by Alex Case
The biggest hit in our school this year
Guide to Teaching EFL in France
An EFL teacher shares her experience of teaching in central France
Hands off that e-dictionary!
The (few) merits and (many) disadvantages of e-dictionaries from the author's point of view
Lexis - the new grammar?
How new materials are finally challenging established course book conventions
Marketing Your Language Program 101
The basics to successful promotion of your courses
A Student Like Me
Suggestions for those who aspire to re-enter the classroom to get a degree
Coursebook: Take it or leave it
We do not have to dispense with the textbook. We only have to disabuse ourselves of the tendency to take a coursebook as gospel.
Intellect or Affect?
Intellect or affect? one may ask. Certainly both. We should not view them as two forces vying with each other, but as the ends of a continuum that is called self-awareness and spiritual elevation.
Classroom: Forum or Arena?
A look at some of the factors that play an important role in the teaching-learning situation.
Tips for self access centres
Cutting Out Cutting Up
Tips for lesson plans
How Was the Dip?
A personal reflection on the DELTA
Language and Sex
Why can't a woman be more like a man?
Each one of us is aware that our style of speech changes in the twinkling of an eye, as it were, depending on a wide range of variables...
An Introduction to "Befogging" Idioms
Do idioms really call the shots?