The ABC of ELT

4 Issues That Hold Me Back From Using Technology in the Classroom

One of my favourite podcasts (out of school) is coming to an end after five years. They covered using technology in education with an emphasis on iPad (though not exclusively). This has covered some great topics like education theory, cool iPad apps, infrastructure issues and the challenges of working in education. This often inspired me […]

4 Tiny Modifications to Feedback Which Have a Huge Impact

4 tiny feedback modifications with a huge impact

Over time teaching, I’ve picked up a couple of little tricks to help make sure that feedback from students go well. These are little modifications to feedback centering around open class feedback to the teacher but they can make feedback more effective, motivating and interesting. 1. Think, Pair, Share This was the first modification to […]

What Are Sketchnotes?

Sketchnotes are one of those ideas that is spreading more in education circles. But what are sketchnotes? Are they just another buzzword or trend, or are they something that is worth using in the classroom? Well in this short explainer video, I go over what sketchnotes are…via a sketchnote. (I know, meta). What are sketchnotes […]

How I Organise My Lesson Plans and Resources

I’ve tried a few different things over time for organizing my lesson notes and materials. Pieces of paper, Word Documents, Google Docs, Apple notes, Evernote, physical files with different handouts, A work Dropbox account which we could all access, and more. Most of these were electronic systems but I also made good use of a […]

Hana challenge recap

Last month you may have noticed that I blogged a bit…well a lot really. Much more than previously. In fact, more in that month than the year so far. That’s because, thanks to Sandy Millin, I took part in the “Hana challenge” an informal challenge inspired by Hana Ticha who accidentally blogged 15 times in […]

What to Do About Students Who Are in the “Wrong” Level?

At the start of a semester we inevitably get some students who believe they are in the wrong level for themselves. Sometimes this is true and the wanted to move up, be in a lower group or couldn’t make any classes at their “correct level”. Sometimes they have been placed in the wrong class as […]

The Ideal Timetable (Does It Exists?)

I’m fairly convinced that the ideal timetable doesn’t exist. One of the aspects I initially loved about English Language Teaching in Private schools was the fact that I could wake up later and stay up late. That soon changed when I picked up an early morning Business class and found that I then had to […]

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