ESL Lesson: Music Video Awards
Mar17

ESL Lesson: Music Video Awards

Just how popular are music videos for English learners? Here’s a lesson for your students to compare their tastes in music, watch a few videos, gets some English into their brains, and generally have a fun lesson. You can do this from intermediate level upwards. As always, the teacher’s notes are on the Power Point below, but here’s a general run down of what you can do with this lesson. First have a quick chat about...

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Activities for Christmas 2014!
Dec10

Activities for Christmas 2014!

It’s coming up to the end of term again, when TEFL teachers use mounds and mounds of paper to photocopy Christmas wordsearches. Here’s a collection of useful websites, and some songs with phonetics by me, to help you get through that last week, so you have a bit of extra time for Christmas shopping online. Happy ChristmasPhoto by pacres Christmas Lesson Plans Check out these excellent Christmas based lesson plans on ESL...

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Baby Time!

This is a quick blog for all my subscribers and followers to let you know that I’ll continue writing in about two weeks. All for good reasons. My boy was born last week and so I’ve got my hands full changing nappies, learning how to wind him, and everything else that involves being a Dad. It’s all good fun, but sadly not much time to write. So keep following me and I’ll be back as soon as possible. Thanks....

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Top ESL Resources for Phonetics
Sep24

Top ESL Resources for Phonetics

As part of my Phonetic Project I thought I’d get together a list of resources to help you teach phonetics in class. I’ve done quite a bit of reading over the last few months and here are the best websites with interactive materials, websites to help write script, some printable IPA charts, and a few randoms. Hope they help. If you know of any more and want to add them below then feel free. No…that’s just...

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Nine reasons to use phonetics in class
Sep20

Nine reasons to use phonetics in class

I spent about nine years of my teaching career wondering whether or not I should be using phonetics in class. After doing the DELTA, I’m a massive fan of phonetics and it’s completely changed the way I teach. There are a lot of issues with using phonetics in class, especially regarding accents. It’s true that not everyone speaks using the RP (Received Pronunciation) English that BBC news reporters do (I certainly don’t, init)....

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Do we speak like chickens?
Sep09

Do we speak like chickens?

A couple of weeks ago, Lola Ayanbunmi, a focus writer for the Metro, sent me a message on twitter asking if she could interview me. “Why would anyone want to interview me?” was my first thought. “Maybe she wants to interview me about my book” was my second, no such luck. Anyway, Lola called me up on skype to ask me questions about how English learners perceive English. Can you believe I was served...

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