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

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

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

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

The one book you need before starting your Trinity Cert TESOL

Book Review: Jason Anderson: Trinity Cert TESOL Companion Disclaimer: The author of this Trinity Cert TESOL guide is a former colleague. I was asked to look at samples before publication and provided a number of quotes found in the book. However, I still stand by what I say in the review: It’s a really useful…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

Supportive Observations in ELT

Observations in ELT should be supportive not just evaluative, but how often is this the case? When I started training teachers on TEFL courses, our Course Director told us that he wanted all members of the training team to observe each other. One of the trainers, an experienced TEFL Q (DELTA-qualified) teacher, managed to avoid…More

10 Reasons why you should become a TEFL Teacher

The other day, I came across my old Trinity TESOL certificate. After leaving university, I took a 4-week training courses and learned how to teach English as a foreign language. I say learned, but really, the course just allowed me to dip my big toe into the world on language teaching. Many years later, I’m…More

10 Reasons why you should become an EFL Teacher

The other day, I came across my old Trinity TESOL certificate. After leaving university, I took a 4-week training courses and learned how to teach English as a foreign language. I say learned, but really, the course just allowed me to dip my big toe into the world on language teaching. Many years later, I’m…More