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As a teacher, you’re probably always looking for new and interesting ways to motivate and inspire your learners. Our blog provides some inspiration for creative lessons that target the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. These ideas should help to relieve any boredom, increase motivation and stimulate progress.

With technology playing a more prominent role in the world of ELT, we dedicate an entire section to this subject with shared ideas about some of the hot topics associated with the benefits and challenges of using technology in the classroom to engage students. We also take a look at some of the most popular blogs for English teachers, the press from English speaking countries, to trends and fashions among students, films, fiction, food etc.

As this is meant to be OUR teachers’ blog, feel free to write anything you might find relevant. If you have any thoughts on how we can improve, complement or innovate, or would like us to cover a particular aspect of English language teaching, please let us know in the comments section. We’d love to hear from you. ❤



Developing as a CLIL practitioner -Resources

When exploring career options with CELTA trainees here in India, I find that there’s understandably some apprehension in response to the question ‘what next?’ The range of options available is considerably more limited than other countries. It’s technically illegal to employ a teacher who doesn’t have a Bachelor of Education, which essentially locks trainees out of the formal K12 education sector.

However, with the rise of English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) across South Asia and the exponential growth in private EMI schools who often have questionable standards, there’s an immense untapped opportunity here for CLIL.

Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) “is a dual-focused educational approach in which an additional language is used for the learning and teaching of both content and language. For example, CLIL has involved Malaysian children learning maths and science in English. CLIL has been used for Norwegian students to do drama in German, Italian students to learn science in French, Japanese students to learn geography in English and Australians to learn maths in Chinese. The combinations of languages and subjects are almost limitless.” (Uncovering CLIL, p.9)

As a CLIL practitioner, you could consult with school networks and tertiary institutions (EMI is as much a reality in colleges as it is in schools) on a project basis. Your work might include writing materials, planning curriculum, teacher training, monitoring and evaluation activities and co-teaching.

Here are some ways of developing as a CLIL practitioner. While courses can be useful, I think we are sometimes too quick to discount the role books can play in our professional development and I’d recommend creating a professional development plan that includes resources from all of the following categories. Continue reading “Developing as a CLIL practitioner -Resources”

Reading in the Station

Festa del Libro in Mediterraneo 

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Festa del Libro in Mediterraneo 

Premio costadamalfilibri, XII edizione di incostieraamalfitana.it

An initiative that winds its way through the most evocative locations of the Amalfi Coast, from churches to small squares, from gardens to historic buildings, from art galleries to civic museums, from panoramic villas to hilly paths, from bookshops to cultural centres.
From 18 May to 22 July, upcoming writers, editors, journalists, personalities of culture and entertainment will animate the hot summer in breathtaking locations, by the sea.

Yachting Club Salerno – Salotti letterari
in collaboration with ANILS Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti Lingue Straniere e Puntolingue Teachers’Club

Presentation of books:

Ivan Saracino “Vite parallele” (Guida);
AA.VV. “Vecchio sarai tu”, a cura di Raffaele Messina (Homo Scrivens);
Virgilio Iandiorio “Gli Aragonesi a Salerno” (ABE);

The paths of music:

Teresa Ranieri soprano,
Genoveffa Volpicelli soprano,
Clarissa Piazzolla mezzosoprano,
Luigi Maresca pianoforte
from Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Martucci – Salerno

Saturday, June 27 8:30pm, Yachting Club Salerno

Teachers only

English teacher blogs: who should I be reading?


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Whether you need inspiration for creative writing lessons, exam resources or advice on career development – here are some of the best English blogs recommended by you

Web of notes Twitter: @johncmurphy7

Written by John Murphy, an English and history teacher, Web of Notes contains useful material for those teaching the junior certificate in Ireland. There are also inspiring short film clips, handy links to Shakespeare resources and online literary games.

Ed-U-Like Twitter: @murphiegirl

From dynamite paragraphs to using Lego to explore poetic structure, Ed-U-Like contains lots of practical lesson ideas and professional development inspiration.

Learning Spy Twitter: @LearningSpy

Education guru David Didau’s blog is full of reflective posts looking at how we teach and assess literacy – not to mention reams of advice about Ofsted.

Reading all the books Twitter: @readingthebooks

As the title suggests, this blog has a mission: to get teachers and students reading. It contains reviews of education books as well as books that teacher Jo recommends to her students.

Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog

Learning from my mistakes covers all the big topics – language analysis, GCSE prep, creative writing. A letter to an NQT or my NQT self is essential reading for anyone joining the profession.

Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix Twitter: @RealGeoffBarton

Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix blog (an offshoot of his main site, which can be found here) is a collection of links to articles on language and literacy – aimed mostly at teachers of A-level English language and English.

A new way of quenching my thirst Twitter: @DrDawnie

Dawn blogs about pedagogy for English teachers and professional development.

Hunting English Twitter: @HuntingEnglish

Alex Quigley, assistant head at a York secondary school, writes a professional and regularly updated blog about teaching strategies, coaching and improvement, “with some political arguments and miscellany along the way”.

Useful hashtags:

#TeachingEnglish      #engchat       #litchat

Know a great English blog not listed? Share the link by posting it in the comments below.


Films starring Bookstores

We’ve rounded up a list of favourite bookstores in movies as well. So it’s time for movies that star bookstores.