From EFL to EAL: Subject teachers and staging tasks

There’s plenty of content from my initial TEFL training (2006 – wow) that is still relevant to my everyday practice as an EAL teacher. Here’s […]

Review: 101 EFL Activities for Teaching University Students

This resource book for university EFL teachers is written by Hall Houston, an experienced teacher and author. You’ve no doubt seen/read his contributions to ELT […]

Lesson idea: Population Pyramid

Our Geography teacher used Population Pyramid in class the other day. The site includes population stats for countries/regions/etc dating back to 1950. It also includes […]

Authenticity and Currency

How do time and authenticity interact It has been a long time since I wrote about authenticity… or at least it feels like it anyway. […]

Materials writing conversations #7: circles

This is a completely imaginary conversation. No characters in the convo are based on real people – I’m just bored and imagining conversations I might […]

RIP LTC Eastbourne

I’ve heard that it’s the end of the road for LTC Eastbourne. I haven’t come across an announcement from the school itself (now a Twin […]

Review: Work It Out with Phrasal Verbs

Phrasal verb resource books you’ve used… GO! Okay, so there was a good one on the bookshelf at LTC called ‘Illustrated Phrasal Verbs’. Me and […]

All reviews from ELT Planning

Russ Mayne suggested I should have a post or page listing all my reviews. So, here it is. It turns out there are quite a […]

Virtual Laboratory: Authenticity and Metacognition

Recently I was invited to contribute to the Virtual Laboratory on Cognitive Approaches to L2 Instruction by the Universities of Heidelberg and Kent. It’s always […]

Materials writing conversations #6: the editorial agency

This is a completely imaginary conversation. No characters in the convo are based on real people – I’m just bored and imagining conversations I might […]

Lesson idea: Viral videos

This was a context builder for a sequence of lessons on viral videos, viral ad campaigns, viral marketing, etc. It’s similar to the idea I […]

Lesson idea: the ideal classroom

My secondary class (age 14+, B1) are exploring education in our latest module. We are building up to a ‘design your ideal school’ task. The […]

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