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 [...]

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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

https://www.slideshare.net/JamesEgerton/a-better-2018-smart-goal-setting-85606402   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, [...]

Jordan B. Peterson’s Future Authoring

Main aim: By the end of the lesson, students will be better able to map out the best and worst versions of themselves, turning daily decisions into 5-year outcomes, and using this push and pull as motivation to become the best they can be...by using personality adjectives (it's lesson observation season at IH Riga-Satva!) "That's why [...]

Not just a pretty picture: getting physical with the phonemic chart

Since spending two weeks of summer in Cambridge at a course run by the great Adrian Underhill on all things pronunciation, I've been working hard to incorporate his phonemic chart into regular pronunciation practice with my learners. It's up on the wall in so many classrooms worldwide, but generally ignored. If you're one of the [...]