Do you incorporate short films into lessons? I love doing it, and try to save any clips, adverts or short films that I think might prove useful for learning. Since I have worked in schools with unreliable internet connections, I do not rely on YouTube. I use Keep Vid to download videos. Another benefit of downloading video … More Short films – Simple lesson activities
The next Delta module one exam is on Wednesday 7th June. It’s a year and a half since I took the exam, and I thought I would share some tips and useful links. I got a merit for the exam, so I must have done something right, despite my anxiety and initial fear of analysing … More Are you preparing for the Delta Module One Exam?
Here’s a lesson plan, or set of activities, that I have used successfully many times in different teaching contexts and with various levels. This theme works with new classes as it encourages sharing personal experiences and history, as well as established classes. Students enjoy this lesson and I always enjoy teaching it. Link to full … More Life Stages Lesson Plan
With the summer approaching, most teachers are dreaming of a rest. However, others may be interested in ways of developing themselves. This might be to help them get a new job or a promotion, or just to feel more confident in a certain area of teaching. I’ve found a host of options, all of which … More Online ELT Professional Development opportunities
I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the 50th IATEFL conference held in my hometown of Birmingham earlier this month. It was a very busy four days during which I attended many workshops, talks and plenary sessions. I’m going to be doing a series of posts showing how I have or will incorporate … More Brain of Britain/Turkey/Iraq
Here’s a lesson plan I have made on the topic of International Women’s Day. I strongly believe in raising students’ awareness of issues such as women’s rights. Those of us in Turkey are all aware of the state of women’s rights. While some people think our job is simply to teach English, I would respectfully … More International Women’s Day lesson
It’s exam week next week at the university where I work, and it’s hard to get much done the week before. There’s only so much review you can do, and it’s good to insert something enjoyable into a lesson. This is a listening, speaking and writing activity that I’ve used many times successfully with university … More Travelling Soldier