Classroom Experiences

Helping learners to make sense of proposals for the C1 Advanced

Teaching exam classes is quite challenging for teachers, as some of the tasks candidates need to deal with are unlikely to reflect their everyday lives.   Take any writing task and think of ways you can make it meaningful for your students. Let’s consider proposals, for example. According to *Cambridge English Advanced handbook for teachers, a...Read More

Before we worry about ChatGPT, let’s enjoy it

If you’re a teacher, it is very unlikely that you haven’t heard about ChatGPT. But in case you haven’t, to put it simply, ChatGPT is a chatbot developed by OpenAI and launched in November 2022.  This tool has raised many concerns among many professionals, but especially educators as ChatGPT is likely to be used by...Read More

P is for Personalization and Private one-to-one lessons. But what about larger groups?

A long time ago, I wrote a blog post here talking about the perks and perils of being a private teacher. At that time, I had been teaching private classes for just one year. I have mostly taught one-to-one lessons since 2017, even though I have now been a private teacher for 10 years. Although...Read More

Designing the learning experience we want our learners to have

Starting a new semester is always exciting: that feeling of starting over, but knowing a bit more and being able to make it a bit better! So I would like to start this year’s posts focusing our attention on our ability to design learning experiences as we shape our own journey as educators. So let’s...Read More

Will the world ever live as one?

“We live in a world we have not yet learned to look at” Marc Augé (Photograph taken at The Beatles Story, Liverpool)  We are living in a world in which we are being constantly bombarded with information about everything, from funny memes to world politics. We are often under the impression that we know and...Read More

Teaching Young Learners and Teens: turning pain into bliss

As a teacher, I have already experienced feelings of frustration, sadness and even anger when I prepared THAT special lesson and everything went wrong, specially classroom management. I know, I’m not the only one. So this time, I would like to bring you 3 tips which could potentially help you shift this key, so that...Read More

Working with emergent language: first steps

Raise your hand if you have ever felt a tad frustrated when a student poses a question that ends up generating discussion for 15 solid minutes. “There goes my lesson plan,” you begrudgingly accept. As you become more experienced, however, you learn to appreciate those questions and start regarding those discussions as a chance to...Read More
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