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Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos — July 29, 2014

Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos

All at C

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MAIN ACTIVITIES  Speculation, Comparison, Speaking about viral videos

SUITABLE FOR Teens and adults, Upper-Intermediate (B2.1) and above.

TEACHER’S NOTES   (Click here for a pdf of the Teacher’s Notes.)


Display this photo of a monkey.  Tell students to describe what they can see and say what they think is going to happen next. Get some feedback. Then display this photo and get students to speculate. What do they think it could be?


Tell students that they are going to watch a video. Put them in A/B pairs sitting back to back, with Student A facing the screen. Turn the sound off. Tell students that you’re going to play a video and Student A is going to describe to Student B what they see on the screen while it’s happening.


Play the clip from 00:03…

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I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing. — July 28, 2014

I don’t think teachers know what they’re doing.

Candice Curry - W3


At my triplets 4th birthday party our middle triplet got a tummy ache. She was standing in the middle of our living room when she got “the look”. It was all coming up. As she began to throw up her preschool teacher flew across the room (seriously, I think she had a super hero cape on) and actually caught my daughters vomit in her hands.

“Um did you just catch my daughters vomit?”

“Yes, what was I else was I supposed to do?”

She then spent the next few minutes helping me clean up what made its way to the floor and what made its way on to my daughter.


That was my first experience with one of my children’s teachers going way beyond their job description.It wasn’t my last and I can bet that there will be many more.

A few weeks ago two of my teenaged daughter’s…

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Why should you encourage kids to ask ‘why’? by @MsFindlater — July 21, 2014
the difference between words: put on, wear and take off — July 12, 2014

the difference between words: put on, wear and take off

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In English, we often have a special word or term that is used to describe the first part of an action. One of my previous blogs was an example of this: the difference between “find out” and “know”. As I explained before, first we find something out, and then we know it.

This is the same case for “put on” and “wear”: first we put something on, and then we wear it. For example:

The shirt you’re wearing now is really wrinkled. You should put on another shirt.

A: What do you put on first when you’re getting dressed in the morning?

B: I put on my underwear first of course! After that, I put on my pants.

I love what you’re wearing. It’s such a nice outfit.

It’s time to leave. Go and put on your coat because it’s cold outside.

I need to wear a heavy coat today…

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A Tale of Two Conversations — July 4, 2014

A Tale of Two Conversations

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It’s my second blog post in about a year! And what a post it is. Well, ok, it’s really not taken me that much time to write and is more a question or two for you, dear reader, based on the transcripts below. Here’s some information you might want before you read:

Location: Dubai

Topic: Lunch

Ordinary level: very very ordinary

So, have a read of these two dialogues and just think about the differences in them and why that may be the case, think about: grammar, phonology, accommodation, communicative competence, adjacency pairs, standard English, ELF, right, wrong, (in)accuracy, and whatever the hell else you like.

Conversation 1

[phone call]

Me: I’m the Atrium shop – that’s all I need to say

Ben: Hm, ah, well I’ll have what you’re having

Me: Dangerous words. I think I’m gonna go for the large falafel granary

Ben: Hm, shit, I…

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Timelines in EFL —

Timelines in EFL

Recipes for the EFL Classroom

This is my second post in a series of posts going ‘Back to Basics‘, re-examining techniques and ideas introduced on teacher training courses.

What is a timeline?
A timeline is a visual representation of the relationships that exist between tense and time. They are simple drawings which can illustrate the meaning of these sometimes, let’s face it, rather complex relationships.

Why use a timeline?

  • Timelines can illustrate meaning in a much simpler way than using metalanguage to describe tenses (e.g. ‘we use this tense to talk about something that began in the past and continues up to the present’).
  • Used alongside concept checking questions, they can reinforce meaning.
  • They may appeal to more visual learners.

What can timelines be used for?
Timelines are mainly used in the EFL classroom to represent grammatical tenses.

An example

By the end of the year, Sophie will have been living in Paris…

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