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The best part of my week #2

Our new dojo is actually a scout hut and at the far end is a union jack on a flagpole. We’ve been told not to touch it. We get changed into our karate suits around the outside of the small hall like we always did in the old place. It’s nice to be somewhere new, […]

The best part of my week #1

No worksheets for your English class today I’m afraid. There’s an expression ‘a picture tells a thousand words’. I’m not sure where it came from but like lots of sayings, it doesn’t seem to me to be that true. A picture can show you the colours and the expressions on people’s faces, the quality of […]

Warmstone – Win a copy on Goodreads

  Win a copy on this Goodreads Giveaway https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/236051-warmstone The old men of the frozen Eastern tribe say that Erik will not last even another short winter… he can’t even walk and so, his father Seven, carries him across the ice wastes. The boy’s clear blue eyes see much further than the horizon. He sees […]

5 Academic sentences for IELTS writing and speaking

Learning academic sentences is a powerful way to make your language stronger. Like learning karate moves in the dojo, the more times you say or write them the more you will understand how they work. Also like karate moves, once you know how they work, you can use them in the real world! 5 Academic […]

I need reading practice- but I hate reading! IELTS / TOEFL / TOIEC

You need to practise reading…but you hate reading. You really hate it. It’s all boring. You hate reading in English. Stop. On the internet there are a million interesting things to read. Read Quora Quora http://www.quora.com – hundreds of interesting questions answered. I just visited this website to get a screen shot of it and […]

The zombie lesson – reading and discussion lesson for Halloween

Originally posted on Chris Speck:
Can’t be bothered to read the blog?  I wouldn’t bother either, here’s the worksheet:  https://chrisspeck.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/the-zombie-lesson.doc I quite like zombie films and most of my pre-intermediate and intermediate students do as well. Here is a three part Zombie lesson to get them talking and reading about the most popular undead monster…

Using smart devices in class – challenge or opportunity? — Oxford University Press

Thomas Healy is one of the authors of Smart Choice as well as an Assistant Professor in the Intensive English Program at the Pratt Institute, New York City. A full time instructor, he presents regularly on how to adapt traditional classroom materials to meet the needs of the Selfie Generation, and how to use widely […]