12 ideas for reviewing vocabulary

A whole bunch of quick ways to recycle vocabulary

ELT planning

vocab review1I’ve kept a list of all the vocabulary that has come up in class during the last few weeks of summer school. It’s a fair bit – about 200 words.

Here are some ideas for reviewing vocabulary in groups. For these tasks I didn’t use all 200 words, but about 60 or so. To prepare, give students the word list and get them to cut all the words up so each one is on a different slip of paper. Get them to mix all the words up and put them face up on the desk.

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16 ways to improve your whiteboard work

A compendium for whiteboardaholics

ELT planning

I had my first lesson observation at the British Council Bangkok the other day. I still have a job, woohoo!

I got some very surprising feedback from my line manager: ‘your board work was a real strength’. Boardwork? Strength?! I did NOT expect that! However, I do think my whiteboard work has improved a bit over the last year for a few reasons.

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David Bowie on coursebooks, Dogme and English learners

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fbaron501%2Fvideos%2Fvb.1216114556%2F10209513551335101%2F%3Ftype%3D3&show_text=0&width=560 David Bowie doesn't like coursebooks. He believes in the power of teaching unplugged. He believes coursebooks lead to some of the worst lessons. He thinks learners should be pushed hard to produce their best. You don't disagree with DAVID BOWIE, do you?

To muddle or not?

Off the back of a full two-hour lesson trying to get A2 students to use communication (achievement) strategies, I set up a language lesson using the 'best in 24' activity from Teaching Unplugged. The launching question was 'what's the best thing you've eaten in the last 24 hours?' I had thought about two potential logical language-study follow-ups: the present … Continue reading To muddle or not?