Alternatives to lesson plans

1. Don’t use the internet. Go back to paper and pen. 2. Use mind maps to generate ideas 3. Use filing cards rather than sheets of paper 4. Find a model / template that works for you. PPP/TTT/ESA 5. Use powerpoint slides and print them out 6. Sketchnote your plan (images and points) 7. Use…More

How to find the right English teacher for you

You need to hire an English teacher. But, you want to find the right one. Most English teachers teach General English or prepare you to pass an official exam, like the FCE or IELTS. You’re not looking for that type of class. You have specific learning needs. You need to improve your English to do…More

Business English Idioms

Why are Business English Idioms important?   Do you use English for your job? Do you need to speak with native English speakers? Do you find them difficult to understand because of the strange things they say? If you answered yes to these questions, you should read on…. Why are people who speak English as…More

20 ELT Activities for Short Texts

In this post, I’ll look at what activities you can do with a short text in your English language classes. There is no agreed maximum length for a short text, but I would suggest that a short text includes fewer than 200 words. There are many reasons why short texts are an effective teaching resource,…More

10-step guide to Teaching Effective Conversation Classes

In this post, I’ll present my 10-step guide for teaching effective conversation classes to adult English learners. Many adult learners enrol in conversation classes to improve their speaking skills. However, student numbers often drop as the course progresses. This can be due to several reasons: Students are not interested in the topics. Students don’t feel…More

16 Ways to Play The Hot Seat Game

One of the most popular TEFL activities for practising and reviewing vocabulary is called ‘The Hot Seat’ game. You have probably played it with your learners, although you may know it as ‘back to the board’. The procedure is simple: One student sits in a chair with his or her back to the board. The…More

Do you Teach the Communicative Functions of the First Conditional?

The first conditional is used for more than just talking about future events. We need to explore common communicative functions of the first conditional such as making promises and negotiating. What is the first conditional? The first conditional (as it’s often called) is generally a sentence with two clauses: an ‘if’ clause with the present…More

How to Use the Board Effectively in ELT

In this article and accompanying video, I will talk about using the board effectively in ELT (English language teaching). The board is perhaps the most useful piece of equipment in the language classroom. Note that this post is written mainly for teachers using whiteboards (not digital interactive boards), although a lot of the advice still…More

What to do as a new English teacher in Granada

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ next_background_color=”#000000″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.0.67″ background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left” border_style=”solid”] Congratulations! Now, you are a new English teacher in Granada Ok then, that wasn’t so bad in the end, was it? Now you’re an expert. Sure, there was a time when you thought you wouldn’t get past that tough third week of training but you did it,…More

Why you Should Use Digital Storytelling in ELT

From Storytelling to Digital Storytelling Throughout human history, stories have been used to share ideas, opinions and experiences. Stories are used for a variety of purposes – to entertain, to educate, to illustrate concepts, to provide moral guidance to inspire change – in all social activities in every industry. Indeed, this innate ability and desire…More