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Transforming Last Year’s Experience into New Year’s Wisdom

The ability for assessing and decision making attested reality of all human-centered professions is their subjectivity to perpetual change. Therefore it is hard to attain perfection in all aspects. The areas, skills and approaches that constitute the teaching practice viable are: Reliable managerial skills Fairness and good judgment The ability to...

Summer All Year Long: Back to school as smoothly as possible

  So, it’s goodbye to August and hello to autumn! September blues! And yet there are no rules or regulations stating is has to be this way, so why do a certain percentage of the population write-off the summer so readily? Who are these people? Trick question? No, not really. Maybe the answer that would spring to most people’s minds is: teachers! After...

First Lesson Planning

No matter how many years you have been teaching, September is always a month for reflection. You promise yourself that this year will be different, that you will set new goals, stick to them and be successful. You start planning the first lesson for every single class you have, as in private language schools we have the privilege to teach all ages ranging...

Teaching Junior Beginners via Skype

Teaching On Line is gaining popularity at lightning speed, mainly due to the advancement of technology and applications such as Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime, which work miracles for people who want to remotely connect in a personal way. However, eight years ago when I took up the challenge to teach Zoe on line things were a lot more difficult...

Back to School

Regardless of your position in the field of education or how much you love your work, scheduling in time to revitalize yourself is key in preventing burnout and promoting a positive attitude. When the scales weigh too heavily on the side of work, it can manifest in things like a short temper with loved ones or feeling shortchanged when Sunday night rolls...

Christmas Video Facts

  This is a great simple activity to practice their reading and writing skills while talking about some unusual facts about Christmas.  Activity Time:  15 mins Level: Teens and Adults Intermediate + First put your class in pairs. Tell them to write the following information on a piece of paper or on their notebooks. Make sure...

Xmas Conversation questions

208087 1777x1346 christmasclassroom  Over 25 different questions to get the class talking about Christmas.   Level: Teens and Adults all levels.   • Did you enjoy last Christmas? Why? • How do you celebrate Christmas? • What is a traditional Christmas like in your country? • Do you decorate the outside of your house for Christmas? • Do you eat a turkey dinner for...

A game of Christmas Taboo

Christmas Taboo main Christmas Taboo is a simple game you can play in class to revise Christmas vocabulary. The aim of the game is simple; each person takes a card and they must describe the word on the card without saying or using that word or any of the additional words written on that card.  Level: Young learners and teens.    

Christmas activities for the classroom

Merry Xmas.0.0Make a Christmas Wishing Tree 1. Using green paper or card, have students trace around the outline of their hand. 2. Cut out the handprints. 3. Holding their handprint so that the fingers point downwards, ask each student to write a Christmas wish on their hand. They can write their own wish, or one for a friend or family member. 4. Using glitter...

Graded readers in ELT: the benefits and ways of using them

graded readers  Graded readers or ‘readers’ are books that contain language adjusted to the level of the learner. The language is graded for vocabulary, complexity of grammar structures and also by the number of words. They are made to cater for all levels from beginners to advanced.  Graded readers can help learners build their confidence in reading, and...