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

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

7 Must-Listen Podcasts for English Language Teachers

Podcasts are a great resource for English language teachers interested in professional development. Teacher trainers on TESOL courses and by Directors of Studies can use podcasts as part of their CPD (Continuous Professional Development) programme for their teaching team. What are Podcasts? Podcasts are audio files, which can be uploaded to your phone, tablet, mp3…More

10 Guiding Principles of TEFL

The 10 Guiding Principles of TEFL An Accidental Manifesto By Dylan Gates Introduction This was a post I wrote over 5 years’ ago. I’m not sure I still agree with a couple of the points but any comments are welcome. Somebody asked me if I had a philosophy about TEFL, a manifesto if you like,…More

4 Essential Factors for Serious English Learners

There are four essential factors you need to focus on as a Serious English Learner if you want to upgrade your English. Serious English learners don’t rely on teacher, textbooks or courses. They create their own learning program based around these four key aspects. Take responsibility for and control of your own individual learning journey.…More

English teachers are now in the improvement business

The times they are a-changin’ Back in the old days of TEFL, learners could count themselves lucky if their teacher used a course book that had pictures in. They could count themselves really blessed if the classroom was equipped with a cassette player to play audio materials, usually performed by impoverished drama students intoning phrases…More