6 Thinking Hats Method

You might have heard of the term lateral thinking and the importance of developing critical thinking skills in general. This is important for all lessons but might be essential when you run lessons on productive skills, especially for for higher level students. Edward de Bono coined the terms lateral thinking and parallel thinking a long … Continue reading 6 Thinking Hats Method


Metaphors for Teaching as a Reminder

Walking in a park fires my imagination. We are like leaves, all different, so our students are really lucky as they can choose a teacher they want, don't they? What other metaphors for teaching can this photo remind us of?⠀🍁 Teaching resources like leaves⠀We've got an overwhelming number of sources that are available for us … Continue reading Metaphors for Teaching as a Reminder

Set texts and book-based lessons

Have a look at the books I’m reading and rereading at the moment. It may look odd as they’re books for different age groups and they’re of different genres. I actually started to enjoy flicking through pages of different books before my classes as my students might be reading them. One of my CPE students … Continue reading Set texts and book-based lessons

Professional Development for Teachers: Is it always about Getting a Teaching Qualification?

Professional development is about working on improving our teaching skills or extending the range of techniques and approaches that we can use in class. It is about pushing ourself out of our comfort zone and experimenting. There are myriad ways of developing your professional skills and some of them can be done without anyone’s help … Continue reading Professional Development for Teachers: Is it always about Getting a Teaching Qualification?

Planning Whiteboard Work

Do you plan your whiteboard work? Honestly, I think it’s worth doing as learners remember the content of a lesson a lot better if they have a visual prompt that they can refer to. However, if you have to deal with unexpected issues and write something unplanned on the whiteboard during the lesson, you may easily … Continue reading Planning Whiteboard Work

Using Topic Based Lessons

I'm currently working a lot with higher-level students and I have to help them prepare for different kinds of tests and external exams. We all know that we need to expose our learners to various authentic texts on different topics. Text-based presentations work well as our learners work on developing receptive skills and can also … Continue reading Using Topic Based Lessons

Developing Academic Skills by Promoting Critical thinking and Elaboration

I would like to share my experience of giving a plenary workshop for about a hundred conference participants. I presented at BKC IH Annual Conference on 24 April and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and reflections with you. The idea was to offer a framework for teachers who want to help their … Continue reading Developing Academic Skills by Promoting Critical thinking and Elaboration

Working with Synonyms

How many words that mean ‘…’ can you think of? This a typical question for learners of different levels. It seems to be a good way of helping them expand their lexical range and activate their background knowledge. It can work particularly well if you work with groups. Some individual learners are good at spotting … Continue reading Working with Synonyms

Looking Ahead

Let’s stop perpetuating the myth about meeting deadlines. It seems impossible to run several projects at the same time but it’s a matter of setting priorities. 🧐Once you’ve decided to take a new student or deliver a course or a training session, you may feel there are too many things to do: advertising, planning, delivery, … Continue reading Looking Ahead

Teaching Competence

Inspired by ‘What makes a great teacher’ video by Jo Gakonga, I decided to contemplate why teachers consistently work on their professional development. Although it’s incredibly difficult to pin down and come up with a concise definition, one of the components of a good teacher must be their professional competence, i.e. a good awareness of … Continue reading Teaching Competence