personalization

Personalization: Tiny steps at the shallow end or diving in at the deep end

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe previous post in this series looked at how personalization in the classroom helps to build rapport, add authenticity and make classroom activities more motivating. It’s an aspect of teaching that is normally seen as beneficial and desirable. However, integrating personalization into your teaching is not without ‘risk’, according to

Ted for all levels

TED Talks work for all levels – try it!

Reading Time: 2 minutesWhat’s the best level for introducing TED Talks? All levels, including beginners. Teachers and learners love TED Talks because they feature big, fascinating ideas that learners want to talk about.  And with the right TED Talk, one that offers a big idea and the opportunity for students to learn and

TED Talks

It’s Good to (TED) Talk

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf I told you that TED Talks started in the same year that one pound notes were taken out of circulation, Virgin Atlantic had its maiden flight, Michael Jackson released Thriller, and Ghostbusters, Gremlins and The Karate Kid were some of the year’s biggest films, what would you think? TED

maximising listening scripts

How to Maximise Audio Scripts

Reading Time: 3 minutesHere’s a question for you. How often do you use the listening scripts in the back of the book for follow-up work or additional activities? Be honest! Now, I’m going to guess most of you are thinking ‘not often’, and you wouldn’t be alone. From my experience of doing countless

vocabulary games

4 Vocabulary Games for your Classroom

Reading Time: 5 minutesLast week we looked at different easy to prepare grammar games, but when it comes to games vocabulary comes out king – there are literally hundreds of different vocabulary games out there. In this blog we’ll look at some of my favourites, but before we do that I want to

Interview: Dan Barber on Using TED Talks in the ELT Classroom

Interview: Dan Barber on Why to Use TED Talks in your ELT Classroom

Reading Time: 1 minuteListen to our interview with Dan Barber talking about how TED Talks really do make good English lessons and download Dan’s FREE lesson plan around Rana el Kaliouby’s TED Talk on an app that can read your emotions! Have you read Dan’s article here?