The N Word of ELT

Native speaker. The English teacher 'transfer window' for the 2018/2019 academic year is on the horizon at International House World and other networks and schools, and this issue is sure to rear its ugly head again in the recruitment processes around the world. It will probably be mentioned more than once at the IH AMT [...]


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, [...]

Ukrainian friends e-mail exchange

Learning respect, cultural awareness and real-life skills is important, as is maintaining the mental stability of the one teaching. Setting up an e-mail exchange can do it all. Here's WHY followed by the HOW and WHAT I've set up with my friend Olya Pushchak, YL Coordinator at IH Lviv, Ukraine. WHY? Cognitive dissonance is a [...]

12 things I learned at* IH Budapest, Hungary.

With a mind open to learning as much as possible during a conference weekend trip (*before, during and after!), the 7 hours of the conference itself is just one opportunity. Lessons on life, another country, others, myself. But as this is an ELT blog (if you're looking for something else, Google it), let's focus on [...]

You don’t ask, they don’t get. I'm not Lady Gaga; I don't live for the applause. Teacher training sessions are fantastic: you prepare, you perform, you feel good. But unless the teachers in the room with me find the ideas useful enough to employ them in their classrooms with their students, what's the point? So with the sincere hope that [...]

Edurio at IH Riga-Satva: Student Feedback → Collective* Progress

*Collective: students, teachers, managers, owners. I've used Edurio online surveys in my classes for over a year now, both for end-of-course (read how here) and ongoing (read how here). However, this academic year is the first that we've used the system for all our adult classes at International House Riga-Satva. In September, we asked for [...]