10 ways to use photos in your lessons

Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, Tinder; digital photos are everywhere.  It seems like a lifetime ago when we were able to do anything we wanted without the threat of it being immortalised thanks to someone's smartphone.  Selfies have become so ubiquitous that the thought of asking someone else to take our photo in a beauty spot or … Continue reading 10 ways to use photos in your lessons

Building a classroom community

When thinking about successful learning classroom management is key and in my opinion, the best way of achieving a harmonious classroom is by building a classroom community. Creating an environment where students feel safe and supported means creating the correct environment for language learning. Language learning means growth through making mistakes and that will only … Continue reading Building a classroom community

Key English Test Part 3a Activities

Vocab Activity

Part 3 of the Key English Test (KET) focuses on communicative interaction, students need to choose the correct responses in a dialogue.  This sounds easier than it is, as it's not just a straight forward question-answer match, but requires students to know a range of conversational phrases, as well as having good analytical abilities to … Continue reading Key English Test Part 3a Activities

Creating a creative classroom

Languages are as alive as the people who speak them.  They live, breathe, evolve and are influenced by their social and historical context.  Therefore, a rigid non-flexible approach is ineffective in teaching as in order to own a language our students need to live it.  We, as teachers, need to make sure that we do … Continue reading Creating a creative classroom

PET Tricky Synonyms

Vocab Activity

The Cambridge English Preliminary English Test (PET) relies heavily on students having a good comprehension of a wide range of language.  Indeed, the first four parts of the exam are testing reading comprehension.  From the official Cambridge website you can download the PET vocabulary list, and though while this is helpful it is in no … Continue reading PET Tricky Synonyms