Monthly Archives: February 2012

Conversation Lessons – beyond chatting

On 6th March (next week already!), I’ll be hosting a discussion on conversation lessons as part of the SGI CPD Club. If you’re in or around London, would you like to join us? If you’re not able to be physically present, but … Continue reading

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Play as development: Vygotsky and teaching English to adults

I was reviewing an old notebook and came across the following quotation taken from L. S. Vygotsky’s Mind in Society. Could one suppose that a child’s behavior is always guided by meaning, that a preschooler’s behavior is so arid that … Continue reading

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Free TEFL lesson plan: Valentine’s Day

Free TEFL lesson plan (including Student Worksheets & mp3) about Valentine’s Day. Detailed instructions to help TEFL teachers have a successful and entertaining class practising listening skills. Lots of communicative activities. Writing activities and ideas for homework. Continue reading

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Thinking in English or Translating it Fast?

I’ve heard many students say “I want to think in English” – haven’t you? In my first years of teaching I remember saying something like that to students too. Something like,”stop translating, you have to think in English.” Until some … Continue reading

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Improving DELTA/DipTESOL teaching practice

How can we bring current classroom practice to bear in DELTA/DipTESOL assessment, so that the whole process becomes more relevant to 2012…and perhaps fairer for good teachers. Continue reading

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