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Episode 8: How To Plan A Lesson

Hello all and welcome to another post and video about planning lessons from a course book. In the video below, I share my thought process and ideas about particular stages of a lesson. I think it is good to share the ideas and the rationale behind this process with the (albeit rather long) video.

The course book that I was using was Move Pre-Intermediate – I haven’t used this for around a year so it was refreshing to remind myself of this book. The main topic of the chapter which I selected was about food and the desirability of food based upon colour. It included a reading, discussion and a grammar focus of countable and uncountable nouns.

With the video above, I share some of the ideas of supplementing the course book. These included using a survey as a lead-in/warmer to engage learners about the topic, matching key language (words and images) about food as well as focusing grammar from the language that had been introduced initially and recycling this from the initial survey.

These were my main ideas and they are not exactly great but I am happy to share these with you. I do hope you enjoyed the video, despite the length (and apologies in advance about that), and don’t forget to Subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Liking the video would be wonderful.

Many thanks and happy teaching!!! ? 

Episode 7: How To Start Teaching EAP

I have been teaching EFL for the last 14 years and last summer, I was fortunate to make the transition to teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP). When I gave in my notice last April with my previous employer, I was a little lost and didn’t know what to consider. My wife (all thanks to her) recommended that I get in contact with my University where I had completed my MA. And here is where I started my journey towards EAP.

I was offered a 6 week intensive English course to teach, Monday to Thursday, and invited to an interview to be part of a ten-week summer pre-sessional course at the University, all in one day. In this blog post, I am sharing my tips for securing employment as an English Tutor with a University. Continue reading

Pancake Day: Lesson Ideas and Activities

One of the most popular events during late February or early March, in the UK, is Pancake Day. I am sharing some lesson ideas you could use with your class to celebrate the event and to get your students learning more about this British custom.

It is very important to introduce your students to celebrations in the UK, so they are able to learn more about British society and events which they may come across. Furthermore, they will feel more inclusive within British society if they are able to participate with some events.

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Episode 6: How To Teach Connected Speech

One of the most difficult aspects of teaching pronunciation in the classroom is connected speech. It is difficult to know exactly how to incorporate some elements of practise to raise learner awareness of this area of pronunciation and it took me a number of years to develop confidence. In the following video below, I share three teaching idea associated with teaching connected speech. You are more than welcome to include the following ideas with your students.

I have also made a video below to help you better understand how you could also use connected speech in the classroom. It would be great if you could watch this video and leave a Like. If you haven’t subscribed, please Subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

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CELTA Tips: How To Fail The CELTA Course

Hello and welcome to a new episode of CELTA Tips. Many of my videos on this playlist look at various ways to pass the CELTA but today we are going to look at how to fail the course. You may be wondering why I want to share some ideas on failing the course but I want you to know some things to consider when doing the course so you make sure that you are not doing them.

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Episode 5: How To Teach A Grammar Auction

A few days ago, I decided for the first time ever to deliver a grammar auction activity to my group of learners. I had never done this activity before but had done variations from it: awarding points for correct answers, etc. In this blog post (and video below), I would like to share my tips to ensure that you are able to deliver a fantastic grammar auction lesson.

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Episode 1: How To Reduce L1 in the Classroom

In almost all TEFL training courses, trainees are told that L1 (also known as the first language that students speak) must be reduced and the students’ L2 (this being English). If you have studied a foreign language and you share the classroom with other students who use the same L1 as yourself, then you may feel more inclined to communicate in that language. This can be the same for your students and you may find it challenging to get your students to speak English. In this blog post, I share five tips to reduce L1 in the English classroom.

Watch the video above to learn more about how I try to reduce L1 in the classroom. If you have any ideas about reducing L1 in the classroom, please share below.

If you haven’t Subscribed to my Channel yet, then please do and also Like the video. Many thanks for your support and Happy Teaching. ? 

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