The overwhelming need for a method

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When I began giving classes as an English teacher, I was frequently told about how wonderful and flawless some commercial methods were. I had only known the ones I’d been lectured during my college years to become an applied linguist. 

When I started off this journey as a teacher, I was flabbergasted to see how people with little or no formal training were giving classes at any level; I also happen to meet people whose level of the language was noticeably deficient; I also found out about unprofessional practices in the teaching filed in general. 

After more than ten years of having taught almost everything related to English as a foreign language, I feel entitled to say a few words, of support and hope, to those teachers out there wondering if not following a commercial method is wrong.

1. When taking over a group, you necessarily have to know what…

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CAE Speaking Part 2

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This is an activity focused on getting students to make speculations about photographs in preparation for part 2 of the CAE speaking. In part 2 you will also be required to compare and contrast the photos, I intend to cover that in a future post. The main aims of this activity is to ensure that students are comfortable with various different phrases for speculating.

Divide the class into teams (2-3 per team). Give out this handout. Go through the language to make sure that it is all clear. The handout contains some typical questions that require speculation from the CAE speaking part 2 and present and past speculation phrases.

Typical Questions:

How might the people be feeling?

What might they be thinking?

Why are they doing this?

What has just happened?



They could/might/may be…………..

They can’t be………………..

They must be…………………

Perhaps they…………..

They look as if they……………….

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Homographs and Heteronyms, oh my…

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Hat Tip To Old NFO.

Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.

You think English is easy??

I think a retired English teacher was bored…THIS IS GREAT!

Read all the way to the end, this took a lot of work to put together!

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse

4) We must polish the Polish furniture..

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert..

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time topresent the present.

8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.


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