Museum Resources for the English Language Teacher

Language teachers are constantly in need of inspiring new ways to get concepts across. You don’t need to be the most creative person to liven up a classroom, you just need to know where to look. Luckily, the world’s museums offer online resources for teachers. These resources include lesson plans, activities and themes to follow […]

English Language Teaching and Classroom Management: Anger in our Classrooms

Reflecting on Anger and Classroom Management At my age, a lot of memories of being seven-and-a-half have been pruned or locked away. But this memory of being told off at Halloween has always stuck. Why should that be? In this article we look at the effects of anger and “tellings off” on our brains. If […]

Intercultural Communication Competency in ELT Classes.

Hidden challenges of English language teaching In the spectrum of reasons why people want to become CELTA qualified there is for sure the desire to travel around the world and discover new cultures while earning a living by teaching English. It sounds like the perfect life-professional plan! However, quite often even the most experienced teachers […]

How do children learn? Ideas we need to know for teaching young learners

Chances are that at some point in your teaching career, you will teach or will have taught children. I had the classic scenario of starting with adults and slowly but surely being given classes with younger and younger students, until one day I realised that I was almost entirely a young learner teacher. Thing is, I never got any clear guidance in all that time as to how that should have been affecting my teaching. How do children learn? Were there any learning theories I should know about?

Homo Ludens? Learning and play in the language classroom

Well known author and teacher developer Jim Scrivener spoke to me in an interview a couple of years ago about focusing on where learning is happening. He claims that we devote  lot of time as teachers to almost ritualistic teaching acts to engage and entertain students. In this article I go on to explore this idea further.