Actions Speak Louder…

In one single moment your whole life can turn around, I stand there for a minute staring straight into the ground. Looking to the left slightly then looking back down. The world feels like its caved in, proper sorry frown. ... I look at her, she stares almost straight back at me, but her eyes [...]


22 Lessons from Blindness (Part II)

Continued from 22 Lessons from Blindness (Part I)... 13) Just as the sceptre does not make the king, the certificate doesn't make the communicator: 'Just as the habit does not make the monk, the sceptre does not make the king.' 14) Teach situations, not just detached language (TBL): 'Hell, I'll never get out of here, [...]

OH S—! Oasis and the 3rd Person SINGular

He speak well but there's often just one or two missing letters that make all the difference; he know the rule but he don't apply it! OH S---! I was jogging along yesterday morning, and Gas Panic! by Oasis came on via my iPod's shuffle. Listening to the lyrics, I started musing about the following [...]

The Brain is a Muscle. Train It!

Do the steps you're taking every day line up with where you want to go? Stage 1: SMART goal setting Stage 2: Training diary (below) Following the guiding principles of the outstanding From English Teacher to Learner Coach, our priority should be for successful students, not just successful lessons. This is where I hope an English training [...]

“Can I have some chair?” Rethinking Grammar Rules

Call me loopy, but I believe that teaching English grammar should reflect real use of English outside the classroom. There are accepted rules, sure, but if rules only represent a narrow and/or dead version of the language, why then kick the empty can down the road to the English learner? The desperate thing about grammar dogma [...]

A Better 2018: SMART Goal Setting   I love presenting at teacher training conferences, but my ultimate objective beyond instant gratification is always that the teachers pass on the ideas to their English learners. There aren't many completely new ideas, after all, and almost all of what I present is itself passed on from what my students have told me, [...]