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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 […]

Make Sure You Teach Something in Your First Class

This is just a little tip but one which many teachers (including myself) often ignore to their peril. In your first class with a new group, you should provide some input of new language. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t do any “get to know you games” or needs analysis, just that those type of […]

General reflections on IATEFL PL 2017

Saint Mark’s church tower in Bielsko-Biała

Yesterday I presented at, and then returned from, IATEFL Poland in Bielsko-Biała-Biała. I had a great time (dare I say better than the previous year) and felt really fired up for the new academic year that will soon be starting. I hope to share some specifics from certain sessions but today I want to give […]

ELT Conference Survival Kit

Picture of a boat on the beach in Scotland

With IATEFL Poland coming up (er today), I thought I’d go into what I’m taking with me to this ELT conference, my ELT conference survival pack if you will. Some of these aren’t really necessary but make the experience much nicer in my opinion. a bottle of water Four years ago I heard a podcast […]

My Fears Surrounding My IATEFL Poland 2017 Talk

Sunlight bike riding along a path

Before I posted my last post regarding my IATEFL Poland 2017 talk, I wasn’t sure if I was going to mention what the topic was. That’s because I was a bit worried about what people might think about the topic of the talk. The truth is, that is not the only thing that I’m worried […]

How I’m Planning My IATEFL Poland Talk This Year

Last year I had the wonderful opportunity to deliver a session at IATEFL Poland in Szczecin. It was a great development opportunity that my employer helped pay for the travel. So when I saw there was an opportunity to speak again this year, I leaped at the opportunity. There was only one issue…I didn’t have […]

How to Cope When There Is a Teacher You Just Don’t Get on With

I’ve taught in three different year round schools and several years at summer schools with probably over 100 different colleagues during that time. The vast, vast majority of these people have been really great coworkers. Some were better teachers, some were extraordinarily generous, some were very wise and others were just good fun. However, I […]

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