What is monitoring?

Once we have instructed our learners, they can begin doing the task or activity we have set them. We may feel inclined to breathe a sigh of relief at this point and put our feet up. Unfortunately, we shouldn’t take our eyes off the road at this point. We need to check that the learners ...

What are Instruction Check Questions? 4

As well as presenting, explaining and defining new language, teachers also have to give students plenty of activities so they can practise the language. We may ask them to do these exercises or activities individually, in pairs, in small groups, or with the whole class working together. Before they start doing the activities, our learners ...

What are Concept Check Questions? 17

What are Concept Check Questions?
Concept check questions, also known as CCQs, are used extensively in English language teaching. They are used when teaching new lexical items, phrases, and grammatical structures. On all the TEFL courses I have worked on, the trainers have made sure that the trainee teachers include CCQs in their lesson. Some trainers even go so far ...

25 BBC Podcasts for Advanced English Learners 7

25 BBC Podcasts for Advanced English Learners
When my high-level students tell me they want to improve their listening skills, I always tell them to listen to PODCASTS! Podcasts are a fantastic way for your learners to improve their understanding of spoken English. They can listen to them WHEN YOU WANT and WHERE YOU WANT They don’t have any visual clues so ...

Careful with ‘anglicismos’ !

My favourite is ‘footing’ – what’s wrong with jogging or running?

10 Fun Activities for Business English classes 9

10 Fun Activities for Business English classes
Summer is on its way here in Southern Spain but the 10 teachers on the TEFL in Spain Introduction to Teaching Business English course  managed to stay focused and upbeat last Saturday in Malaga. For the final seminar, or workshop as we will call it next time, they had to present a game or activity ...

10 problems Spanish learners have when speaking English 20

Sometimes it feels as if you’re banging your head against a brick wall. No matter how many times you tell your Spanish students to say: “She has blue eyes” they continue to say “She has eyes blues.” What’s their problem? Are they lazy? Are they stupid? Do they not listen to you? Before you start ...

Lost in Translation: The answers to last week’s quiz 1

Here they are…..the answers to last week’s quiz about Spanish titles of famous English language movies. 1. Casarse esta en Griego – My Big Fat Greek Wedding I think you’ll agree that the Spanish title is far less likely to offend than the original. 2. Milagros inesperados – The Green Mile ‘Unexpected Miracles’ is probably ...

Lost in Translation

The other day, my Spanish ‘suegra’ starting talking to me about one of her favourite musical called ‘Sonrisas y Lagrimas’ (smiles and tears). I hadn’t heard of the film but she insisted that it was a Hollywood classic. Finally, she started to hum a tune from the movie and it became clear that she was ...

Bad English 15

I’ve recently participated in an online discussion about “corruptions in the English language”. Here are a few of the “corruptions” which raise the ire of some of the contributors and some from discussions I’ve had with teachers over the years: “innit” “should of” instead of “should have” the insertion of “like” into every utterance the ...