Materials writing news and views, September 2019

September already? It’ll soon be Xmas… New releases Deborah Hobbs (author) mentioned the release of ‘Open World’ (CUP). This is from the Cambridge English website: […]

‘so’, ‘such a’, and cheap cocktails

Another one of my ‘making things up as I go along’ reflections. This time, something that actually worked! The materials from one of our in-house, […]

Materials writing news and views, August 2019

It’s been a whole month since I’ve punned in a published resource! Crazy. New releases Tyson Seburn has a put together a sample unit of […]

Spoken Grammar: a Guide for English Language Teachers

I got offered free access to this course on Udemy. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while. Finally got around to it and… […]

Materials writing news and views, July 2019

Sorry, been busy! Here’s some latest news with a Pearson-heavy start!   Pearson to phase out print textbooks The big news announced yesterday (BBC article […]

How do you start a lesson?

Hey all, quick question here, after some ideas. I just wondered – do you have any routines or activities you use to engage learners at […]

10 pronunciation books for DipTESOL trainees

Here’s my suggested reading list for the phonology component of the DipTESOL. I don’t want to mislead you – the course is 9 months long […]

8 Top Tips and Tons of Resources for Supporting English Learners with Technology

“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein I’ve worked with language learners in over 20 countries. I’ve seen […]

Pronunciation articles for DipTESOL students

I’m trying to persuade our DipTESOL students to engage with some pronunciation-related research. I’ve hand-picked these five articles for their relevance to our context (well, […]

20 great video sites for the EFL classroom

I was asked on my FB page where I find good videos for class. I stumble upon them now and then (like here, thanks Lana), […]

Twist on a classic: Harry the Hippo

A nod to TESOLTOOLBOX here… Harry the Hippo is a fun guessing game to use in the class. It can be adapted for practicing various […]

20+ Emoji Activities and Resources for Teaching Math, Science, and English

Today is World Emoji Day and to celebrate I’m sharing 20 emoji activities, my slide presentation, and resources to engage your learners. Emojis are an […]

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