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

Differentiation in the Young Learner Classroom

There’s Only One of You: How to Cater for Differentiation in Young Learner Classes

Reading Time: 6 minutesOn my first day teaching English to a class of young learners I walked into a classroom full of 6-year-olds. As the young teacher I was then I had no idea of how different one 6-year-old could be from another. I mean, from the outside they all looked the same;