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F*ck! The f*cking f*cker’s f*ucked!

June 6, 2012


Well, I finally kept my promise! After years and years of putting off students’ requests to know more about “bad” language, a few weeks ago I decided to give a B2.2 group the low-down on the wonderful world of English profanity. Of course, my intention was not to encourage students to use English swear words […]

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Teaching Unleashed : Don’t Dog Me!

May 16, 2012


In this lesson students deal with the issue of dangerous dogs, then go on to discuss the broader relationships that humans have with their canine chums. It is based around a BBC video in which a local MP confronts the owner of a Staffordshire pitbull terrier in a public park. The lesson also includes conversation, […]

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Photo Opportunities

April 30, 2012


SGI Guest Post (2) Here’s the second in a short series of guest posts I’m writing for St George International (SGI). Photo Opportunities Will keep you posted on future installments!

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There’s a “mapp” for that!

April 12, 2012


SGI Guest Post (1) Just a quick post to let you know that over the coming weeks I’ll be writing a short series of guest posts for St George International (SGI). Here’s the first installment, which suggests a few ways of how to use on-line maps with your students. Will keep you posted on future […]

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Do You Tattoo?

March 29, 2012


You’ve probably heard of Luke Meddings and Lindsay Clandfield‘s valiant attempt (“52”) to embrace PARSNIP subjects (politics, alcohol, religion, sex, narcotics, isms and pork) and offer an alternative to the anodyne homogeneity that often envelops ELT. Well, I reckon they’ve missed one out: Tattoos! The taboo on the tattoo is, in my opinion, ridiculous. I’m sure […]

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Add voice recording to your blog

March 22, 2012


Have you ever embedded a video in a blog and asked your students to leave a written comment? Ever thought, “it’d be great if they could leave recorded audio comments too”? If the answer to both these questions is yes, Speakpipe may be just what you’re looking for. By simply pasting a snippet of code […]

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Presentation at TESOL Spain 2012

March 11, 2012


Speaking On-line . As promised, here’s a cut-down version of the PowerPoint presentation “Speaking On-line”, which I gave at TESOL Spain in Bilbao on 10/03/2012 ! If in the likely event you were not present, it may not mean much to you. However, you might like to click on Example at the bottom of the […]

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Tefltecher Interlude

January 12, 2012


As I seem to be looking at a rather grueling next couple of months, I have decided to take a brief interlude from blogging. In the timeless tradition of Fred(a) (Blue Peter’s trans-gender tortoise) and providing there are sufficient air-holes in my cardboard box, I should be coming out of hibernation sometime in the spring. […]

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Tefltecher’s Yuletide (B)Log

December 20, 2011


Here are five Christmas activities I’ve used over the last few years! Nothing very original I’m afraid, but then again Christmas isn’t, is it? Feel free to take your pick! 1. Christmas greetings from Santa Get your students to send each other personalised Christmas greetings direct from Santa. Here’s an example message. You’ll find the […]


Think, Thank, Thunk!

December 7, 2011


Thanks for the votes and nominations! Hurrah! It’s Edubling season again! Medals are pinned to chests, backs are slapped and awesomeness abounds. As always, the key to maintaining a sense of proportion at this time is to avoid getting carried away. While I wince at the sometimes desperate-sounding pleas of vote-for-me, vote-for-me, vote-for-me, I also […]

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