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Movies as a teaching tool

Whether you're in the classroom or online, there are a lot of great ways to use movies in your English lesson. And right now, when no one knows where they'll be teaching tomorrow, it's especially important to have flexible lesson plans ready. Visual clips DIY and craft clips, just like visual activities in class, are […]

When children create

I stage a lot of plays and musicals in English. Since the Covid regulations prevent gathering an audience, I decided that this time a movie would work better. Movies also put less pressure on students since mistakes can be corrected. I didn't look for a script, I wanted something about the students, something that would […]

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From the Other Side of the Classroom

The best way to understand what it's like for your students to learn a foreign language is to learn one yourself. If you're teaching your native language, showing your students that you have made an effort to learn their language and that you speak in spite of your errors also sets an excellent example.  It's […]

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What if I make a mistake?

This week two 4th grade students came to my English group for the first time. The first thing they told me was that their English isn't very good, and they asked if I would get mad if they made mistakes. I told them of course not, they're here to learn, I only get mad at […]

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Research Against Research

This post was inspired by the recent article More Research is Needed – A Mantra Too Far? in Humanising Language Teaching by Alan Maley, co-founder of The C Group. Judging by the length of the article and bibliography as well as the language used, Maley appears to be an experienced academic professional and researcher. Using academic methods, he claims that […]

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Breaking Down the Barriers

I frequently have conversations with English teachers who ask me for advice about teaching children who hate English. The fact is, it's almost impossible to teach anyone who refuses to learn or who doesn't believe that they are able to learn. The first step is to show them that English isn't scary, threatening or impossible […]

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Testing, testing

Although it's not officially part of my job, occasionally I find myself helping to supervise or correct tests at school. It can be quite a humbling experience, discovering that my English is less than perfect according to the Ministry of Education. Last week I corrected a sixth grade test. Had I been taking the test […]