Classroom Resources

A List of Free Grammar Games #1

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Grammar and writing can be a tedious subject to teach. Fortunately, there are so many amazing free games available to make teaching them fun. Until now, you had to Google your heart out to find them. No more! Below and in the following articles is an organized list of FREE grammar games for teaching parts of speech, punctuation, sentences and writing. I’ve described each game so you can decide if it’s for you. Following each section is a Pinterest board including those games. Follow them and be sure to pin this post so you can reference it later. Continue reading “A List of Free Grammar Games #1”

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It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it


Denisia Wash, a kindergarten teacher in Berkeley, didn’t want to use a sugary voice when she talked to her 5-year-old students – they weren’t babies and that voice wasn’t actually effective, she said. But she didn’t want to use a sharp-edged voice either, the impatient tone that can come out when she’s tired or under pressure. “I call that teacher voice my ‘stress voice,’” she said. Last year, she conducted an experiment as part of her evaluation at Berkeley Unified. If she changed her tone of voice, would her students feel more involved in what they were learning? Continue reading “It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it”


eTwinning events 2018

etwinning agenda puntolingueteachersclubOnline Seminars are live communication sessions where you have a chance to learn, talk and discuss with your peers. The topics covered by Online Seminars are related to pedagogy and eTwinning aspects in general. They are led by an expert, and are run in a widely-spoken European language. You can get a certificate for participating in this event.

Learning Events are short intensive online events on a number of themes. The themes are related to pedagogical aspects in particular. They are led by an expert, and include active work and discussion among teachers. Learning Events include asynchronous and sometimes synchronous activities, and are run in a widely-spoken European language. You can receive certification for participating in this event.

10 – 20 September
Learning Event: eTwinning in English language teaching
Expert: Tsvetelena Taralova & Irena Raykova
Sign up period: 3-11 September 2018
The aim of the LE is to present and share teaching methods and materials that can be used in eTwinning and Erasmus+ projects. We will focus on practical activities in our English language classroom to develop future- ready students. Continue reading “eTwinning events 2018”


Developing as a CLIL practitioner -Resources

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)

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.


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  • Putting CLIL into Practice by John Clegg, Keith Kelly, and Phil Ball (OUP). You can preview this book here.
  • CLIL Activities by Liz Dale and Rose Tanner (CUP)
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning by Do Coyle, Philip Hood, and David Marsh (CUP)
  • The CLIL Resource Pack by Margaret Grieveson and Wendy Superfine (Delta)
  • Teaching Other Subjects through English by Sheelagh Deller and Christine Prince (OUP)
  • Uncovering CLIL by Peeter Mehisto and Maria Jesus Frigols, and David Marsh (Macmillan)
  • The Roles of Language in CLIL by Ana Llinares, Tom Morton, and Rachel Whittaker (CUP)
  • The TKT Course CLIL Module by Kay Bentley (CUP)

Continue reading “Developing as a CLIL practitioner -Resources”

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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.