The Minimalist One-to-One Classroom



Sometimes I think the ideal one-to-one class is just two people talking about things that matter to them. No distractions, no course books, no technical gadgetry, no fancy materials……and most of all….no gap-fill exercises!

Can we actually teach English with nothing more than a pen and something to write on?


“By reducing the amount of material that is imported into the classroom, the teacher frees the learning space for the kind of interactive, talk-mediated learning opportunities that are so crucial for language development.”

Scott Thornbury: Teaching Unplugged


Is it time to declutter our classes?