Printing

One challenge every new ESL teacher will face is how to print using the large industrial photocopiers that schools have. Once teachers have made their worksheets how should they go about getting them ready for the class? This is something that worried me when I first started teaching so here I hope to give some…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 2 Part 2

A lot happened in those two weeks I spent trekking Alaska and now it’s finally time to divulge the last slice of adventure pie. Our Trek America guide, Grizzly by name but not so by nature, had treated us to some of the great wonders of North America. Along the way I’d made some new…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 2 Part 1

I’ve already relayed the extensive happenings of the first week of my time trekking Alaska and now it’s time to delve jerky-first into the remainder of my time in North America’s snowy gem. Prepare for moose, buffets, Braveheart, hippies, salty dawgs and a tiny pinch of romance. Changing of the Guard At the end of…

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Interview Activities

What is a conversation? Why do we talk to other people? Sometimes we want to tell someone something: I’m hot. You’re very attractive. These pretzels are making me thirst. And at other times we want to find out something from someone else: How are you? What do you think about my new brown, corduroy trousers?…

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Mizukake Matsuri – Water, Water, Everywhere.

In distant times long past, there was a fire in the village of Ohara. It raged and it blazed until it was finally tamed. More than three hundred years later and the people of the village still respect the power of the flame. To ward off future bad luck the men of the area don…

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Consistency in the Classroom

Structure is a key part of daily life. People who use the bus regularly don’t need to think about where to get off, they do so almost instinctively. When a waiter announces an order the chef’s hands move reflexively into action. These kinds of reactions come from consistency. Implementing this same kind of consistency in the EFL…

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Trekking Alaska – Week 1 Part 2

The last time I wrote about my trip to Alaska I ended the post with an image of me staring, slack-jawed up at the cloudless sky as a perfectly circular rainbow formed above. That took place roughly half way through the first week of our Alaskan journey. In this post let’s finish off the first half…

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