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On the over-use of concept-checking questions: part 2
I recently wrote a post outlining why I’m not a fan of using concept-checking questions – CCQs – when dealingRead more.
13th October 2017
On the over-use of concept-checking questions: part 1
There aren’t many things that I think should be comprehensively banned from EFL classrooms, but the use of closed CCQsRead more.
6th October 2017
Something better change: taking a stand against gender bias in ELT
Earlier this year I spoke at the very first International Language Symposium in Brno, the second-biggest city in the CzechRead more.
22nd September 2017
Back in the groove . . . with a few changes to announce!Read more.
18th September 2017
Grammar nonsense 5 (and some curiosities): indirect questions
I can’t quite decide if the EFL view of indirect questions is pure foolishness or more a question of aRead more.
26th May 2017
Complicating the coursebook debate part 3: coursebook use
Today’s post follows on from another recent post that looked at some of the so-called false assumptions that supposedly lieRead more.
19th May 2017
When porridge is not porridge: dealing with culturally specific phenomena in English
It happens to me almost every time I’m in Russia. In fact, it’s happened so many times now that I’veRead more.
12th May 2017
Complicating the coursebook debate part 2: can’t we just be friends?
This week I thought I would take a break from the grammar series (to be continued!) and pick up onRead more.
27th April 2017
Phrase of the day: above and beyond the call of duty
One of the delights of teaching foreign students in my home city of London is that I get to seeRead more.
29th March 2017
Phrase of the day: get (back) in the swing of things
I hate goodbyes. Always have done, and always will do. I’ve certainly never understood where there’s a good in goodbye,Read more.
19th March 2017
Teaching in troubled times: Trump, tackling tensions and resting easy!
We live in troubled times. We’re living through an age in which immigrants are routinely scapegoated and blamed for allRead more.
16th March 2017
Phrase of the day: bite off more than you can chew
About a year ago, after a chance meeting with a friend of a friend, who had a beautiful Grade IIRead more.
22nd January 2017
It’s all in the Mind: Neurobiology and the Lexical Approach
Today we’re proud to present a guest post from Bruno Leys, who works at VIVES University College, Bruges, Belgium. BrunoRead more.
11th November 2016
Phrase of the day: against all odds / against the odds
If you haven’t heard already, Leicester City won the Premier League title this week against all odds. They have oneRead more.
5th May 2016
CELTA, the native-speaker bias and possible paths forward
Last week at IATEFL, Silvana Richardson delivered a rousing, righteous plenary tracing the historical roots of – and critiquing –Read more.
18th April 2016
Everything you ever wanted to know about snowclones, but were afraid to ask.
Several years ago now, I wrote a conference talk entitled – rather wittily, I felt – What have corpora everRead more.
14th June 2015
5 Different collocations or units of meaning = different networks of words
We saw in the second post in this series that coming up with clear-cut definitions of single words is difficultRead more.
24th May 2015
Making active and creative use of all the languages in your classroom.
I was recently at the third annual BELTA Day conference in Brussels, organised by the excellent Belgian English Language Teachers’Read more.
12th May 2015
Politics, pronunciation and the pursuit of perfection
Tomorrow is election day here in the United Kingdom, and it looks set to be one of the most unpredictableRead more.
6th May 2015
Asking more: why some questions are better than others
There’s an old saying that claims questions are never dangerous – only answers are. Well, a recent presentation I sawRead more.
26th April 2015
In so many words: on the importance and shape of vocabulary lists
Today we’re delighted to feature a guest post by Bruno Leys. Bruno works at VIVES University College in Bruges, Belgium.Read more.
23rd March 2015
When less is more: freeing students from the burden of choice
There’s a reason why Starbucks will never catch on it Italy. Go to any branch of the global chain andRead more.
19th March 2015
Still cutting up cards! Activities for storing and retrieving chunks
We’re delighted to feature our very first guest post. At IATEFL Harrogate last year, one of the sessions we enjoyedRead more.
28th January 2015
Exploiting self-study phrasal verb exercises in the classroom
I’m very pleased today to be able to respond to the first request we’ve had in from a visitor. PatrickRead more.
26th January 2015
Chunk of the day: Just because . . . it doesn’t mean
We’ve both often had students act more than a little surprised at our apparently un-English ways. Smiling and being friendlyRead more.
6th November 2014