A word about those exhausting EFL work schedules

    This week, I covered classes at another language centre, far away from my home. I was expecting that the longer classes (2 x 2 hour classes without any break in the middle)¬†would exhaust me. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The difference, this time,...

Top Tip: Foreshadow

  This one is a powerful tip from a friend: foreshadow. The idea is really simple, before you introduce something new to the children, you give them passive or receptive exposure to it. One of the examples my friend gave me was that, before he’d give the...

Top Tip: Personalise your PowerPoints

  A good way to add some texture and variety to your classroom activities is to personalise your PowerPoints and other materials. I often like to insert photos of students into my PowerPoint decks. For example, in a vocabulary review slow-reveal presentation, the...

Top Tip: Buy resources as you travel

English is an international language. As I travel, both domestically and overseas, I like to keep my eyes open for things from around the world that I can use in the classroom. Practically speaking, what this means is that I often visit toy stores in cities I visit....