We’ve been blogging for a while now; we’ve had ups and downs, but overall really enjoyed the journey. The interaction with like-minded people, the trolls, the constructive feedback, and the friends, it has all been a blast. We wanted our students to experience a similar thrill, minus the trolls, so we set about setting up a blog for them.
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Should we use Board games in the classroom? I say hell yeah we should! Why not? They are fun, interactive and help students to practise a variety of skills that don’t always get the attention they deserve. Obviously there is a time and a place for them, and a suitable age range, however, we have used with them adults and teenagers and found that once the initial feeling of ‘why are we doing this’ wears off, the students embrace it, and don’t even realise that they’ve just spoken English for a whole class without a care in the world.
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We moved back from Spain last year to England, and when we landed we were fresh out of ideas, but we settled down to a new job in Oxford, and have come across a fantastic website, that we have found very useful for students.
https://writeandimprove.com/ is a really useful tool for helping students with their writing both in and out of the classroom:
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We’ve been writing our teaching blog for nearly a year now, and it has been a roller coaster experience. We’ve had positive feedback, negative feedback and met and spoken to some really interesting people. We wouldn’t change our experience as we found it quite cathartic, whilst living and working in Northern Spain, and we love hearing different teachers opinions. We are not the only ones: there is a huge world of EFL out there and hundreds of posts are written and shared everyday. People want to hear what you have to say, and being teachers we all seem to be fond of, and good at, writing.
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The Twitter world is buzzing with ELT knowledge, venting and support. Whether you are a newbie to the ELT world or a grizzled pro who has considered giving up at least twice, then here are three things that we recommend you keep up to date with in the twitter world:
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Flying to Brussels for a birthday weekend was a great idea. I highly recommend a weekend trip if you like good food, nice people, great museums and lovely parks. Despite some bad press over the last few months Brussels retains and will always retain its beauty, charm and amicable populous.
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After receiving a very blunt email from an academy in Portugal asking ‘are you a native speaker?’ to which my response was ‘no’… followed by their kind hearted response of ‘we only hire native speakers’. I thought to myself, just another day really in the TEFL industry, but after looking over the advertisement I was astonished to find that it said ‘native level speakers’ not ‘native speakers only’ and naturally I thought ‘What the hell is that?’
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