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Mind-mapping makes writing easier

When you sit down to write an essay, a story or other piece of work, one of two problems often occurs: (1) You have dozens of ideas competing for your attention and you don’t know where to begin. Thoughts flicker through your mind and disappear. Zip – they’re gone! You’re like a child at the circus – so many lovely, colourful things are competing for...

Learning through video games

  Video games are increasingly starting to become more and more accepted, beyond their entertaining features. They are now used as an art form and as a medium to teach, to influence, or to inform. Video games have also given rise to e-sports, which have become an increasingly popular and lucrative form of sport and entertainment. In recent years, many...

Teaching is more than teaching kids how to read and write

289267 P6O0DT 533Teaching is more than teaching kids how to read and write; It is about reaching clear to the heart of another human being and using everything you’ve got to make a difference. It’s calming kids when they’ve had a rough recess, celebrating when they lose their first tooth, absorbing their struggles and their traumas, channeling their joy, and investing the...

What helped me teach online

04 What helped me teach onlineThis year, as the pandemic hit and schools shut down, I had to re-invent myself as an online EFL teacher. Here’s a list of things I did to make my (and my students’) life easier. 1. Slow down Online teaching is taking all this to a new, slower, talking level. Different internet connection speeds mean that the sound doesn’t reach all students at the same...

THE SPELLING BEE GAME

20180412 091145 2308                            Auto spelling correction is so convenient nowadays when we type on our PCs or iPhone or all the other electronic devices at our fingertips. Does this mean that we have to give up on the skill of correct spelling?  Indeed some wonder why one should bother. I certainly think there are very clear reasons why we should persevere in...