Crash Blossoms – A Wonderful English Quirk! 

Have you ever read a newspaper headline and thought “hang on a minute!”? Did you ever have to look again? Or even, taken 5 minutes to figure out what the author wants you to understand? The annoying necessity of having to look twice at a newspaper headline has existed since the invention of the printedContinue reading “Crash Blossoms – A Wonderful English Quirk! “

A Teacher’s Guide To The Cambridge PET Reading And Writing Exam

A few times in my teaching career so far, I have seen teachers who think that Preliminary (PET) and the B1 level is easy to teach. No planned lessons, no care when it came to continuity, and no real understanding of the requirements, nor the skills that the students need. In reality, teaching PET willContinue reading “A Teacher’s Guide To The Cambridge PET Reading And Writing Exam”

My 5 Favourite Online Resources For EFL Teachers.

We all need inspiration from time to time. Whether it’s for exam preparation, or just conversation classes. Below are listed some of my favourite resources from around the web that you can use to get ideas and tips from likeminded people on ESL teaching. 1. Thoughtco. This site is a great resource, I get ideasContinue reading “My 5 Favourite Online Resources For EFL Teachers.”

The Ins and Outs of The FCE Reading and Use of English

The Basics FCE is equivalent to the B2 CEFR level. It’s also what many people consider to be the first level of fluency in a language. Achieving this level means that your students have the following skills; Good knowledge of most English grammar topics. These are fine tuned in the higher levels but from FCEContinue reading “The Ins and Outs of The FCE Reading and Use of English”

How To Ace An EFL Conversation Class

Whether you’re working in an academy or you’re on your own doing private classes house to house, conversation classes can be tough to get right. Often, the hours you spend there can feel empty, or without any foundation. If you feel it, the student will feel it too. So here’s my breakdown of some of theContinue reading “How To Ace An EFL Conversation Class”

5 tips for new EFL teachers.

My first class as an EFL teacher wasn’t what you would call a breeze. More like a trial by fire! Here I was, standing in front of a room full of adults, shaking, wondering what the hell had possessed me to answer the job posting. Which, incidentally, I had answered because I had been sickContinue reading “5 tips for new EFL teachers.”