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Teaching Success the Dweck Way

  In New York Concrete jungle where dreams are made of There’s nothin’ you can’t do Now you’re in New York These streets will make you feel brand new Big lights will inspire you Let’s hear it for New York As I have always been in love with words, senses, and true meanings, the above lyrics really inspired me. This symbolic connection of an empire state of...

Are you a Haydn or a Beethoven?

  One of my pet subjects to discuss with colleagues is how our knowledge of other areas than methodology can inform our teaching. In my case, music – the sonata in particular – is one of these other areas which has deeply informed my teaching; so, I thought of expanding on this idea in the hope that some of you might find it relatable. By Alexander...

Creating supplementary material: The ultimate “Aha!!!” moment of EFL teaching!!!!

After having spent quite some time looking for the most suitable textbook for our student(s), we feel satisfied that we have eventually made it! Now, we are looking forward to showing the material to our students:  A textbook with all its state-of-the art components boastfully advertised as the most update, engaging and exciting in the market. If this is...

Cut, cut, cut… Steps to adapt during writing and speaking

Throughout my professional life, I try to be flexible! Flexible to the lesson plans I create, to the materials, to the way I manage and lead my classes. This is sometimes difficult as we have to take several factors into account; time, parents, student’s needs, general aims and learning outcomes. I am not sure whether this is called flexibility or it is my...

Blending Art & Storytelling in The Teaching of English

Learning a language is a long term process and this is fine, provided the lesson offers rich content. Teaching language for the sake of language, simply leaves a lot to be desired, because the curiosity, creativity and expressive needs of teachers and students are not met. We can enrich our teaching content with the help of CLIL, Story, Project or Inquiry...

Origins of idioms

You probably use tons of expressions, idioms, and slang phrases every day that don’t make literal sense. If you ever thought long and hard about why you say something a certain way, you could probably make a guess. However, some English expressions are so crazy and unusual that it is impossible to guess where on earth it originated from — unless you know...
Origins of idioms

Supplementary Material in ELT: Is it really worth the trouble?

It is the first day of a new school year and your students have just unveiled their shiny new books. As they eagerly flip through the pages to familiarize themselves with the characters and feel of the book, you prompt them to turn to the first lesson and get things going. A few moments later, the enthusiasm on everyone’s faces slowly drifts away and is...