BBC Article: ‘Creating a class play’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Creating a class play’

In this article a teacher reflects on his experiences of creating plays and using them to help motivate students to develop their English.

  • Introduction
  • How to start
  • Writing the play
  • I want to be Cinderella
  • Practice, practice, practice
  • The big night
  • Reasons for doing a play
  • A few final thoughts

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BBC Article: ‘Storytelling – benefits and tips’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Storytelling – benefits and tips’

We often give stories to our students to read, but how often do we tell them a story? This article looks at the benefits of storytelling and gives advice on performance skills

  • What can storytelling offer?
  • Storytelling and intercultural understanding
  • Other benefits of using storytelling in the classroom
  • Commonalities of cultures around the world
  • Performance techniques
  • A last word

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BBC Article: ‘Motivating pupils to read 2’

BBC TeachingEnglish team has posted an article titled, ‘Motivating pupils to read 2’

This is the second of two articles that look at ways to apply the process model of motivation as proposed by Dornyei (2001) to a number of suggestions and techniques for making the challenge of reading authentic literature accessible and motivating.

This article describes ways to maintain motivation, the first one shows how to generate this motivation.

  • Motivation
  • Maintaining and protecting motivation
  • Rounding off the learning experiences
  • References

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Worksheet: ‘Wh-Questions Elementary Worksheet’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Wh-Questions Elementary Worksheet’

This is a worksheet for teaching or revising wh-questions at elementary level. There are 4 different and easy activities in which students are asked to complete the sentences according to the example, complete the sentences given with who or what, ask questions for the answers and fill in the blanks with what, where or how.

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Worksheet: ‘Informal English and Internet Chat Abbreviations’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Informal English and Internet Chat Abbreviations’

The worksheet contains examples of informal English (e.g. going to = gonna) and some popular internet chat abbreviations. Then ss are asked to read some messages, write their own texts, create TNGAs (The New Great Abbreviations) and advertise them.

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Worksheet: ‘An Overview of English Tenses’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘An Overview of English Tenses’

My students said they were getting a bit lost in English tenses and asked me if I could put all English tenses into one table. I did my best to fit them all in. There are some Czech words in brackets but you can tip-ex them. You can use this worksheet as a guide when comparing various tenses, or you can enlarge it and keep it in your classroom.

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Worksheet: ‘St Patrick’s Day’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘St Patrick’s Day’

Students are asked to match some pictures with some words related to St Patrick’s Day, find some other words in the wordsearch, and complete the text about this holiday. The worksheet can be used for teaching and revising vocabulary related to St Patrick’s Day. Key is included.

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Worksheet: ‘Saint Patrick’

The BusyTeacher team has published a new worksheet titled, ‘Saint Patrick’

This worksheet is about Irish Leprechauns. There are three activities, the first one is a filling-gap exercise, pupils have to look at the small images and write the missing words, then they can review some verbs in present simple and finally they do a crossword puzzle about Ireland. Answer keys provided.

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‘Accountability: the teacher and the learner’ by Henrick Oprea

Henrick Oprea’s latest blog post is titled “Accountability: the teacher and the learner”.

Henrick says, “The educational success students achieve is only partly under their own control, and only partly under the control of their teachers. This is where the sociocultural concept of ‘scaffolding’ … is useful. The essence of this concept, as developed by Bruner (1986), Wood (1988) and others, is that an effective teacher provides the kind of intellectual support which enables learners to make intellectual achievements they would never accomplish alone; and one way they do so is by using dialogue to guide and support the development of understanding. (Neil Mercer – Language for teaching a language).”

Accountability: the teacher and the learner

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‘A Cool Tool for #Flipped Literature Classes’ by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan

Eva Büyüksimkeşyan’s latest blog post is titled “A Cool Tool for #Flipped Literature Classes “.

Eva says, “I believe we are pretty lucky because we have so many online resources and texts that we can recommend our students to read. To tell the truth, I prefer paper and I love preparing my own handouts but I liked the idea of Curriculet, an online reading platform I came across on It allows teachers to create reading classes and help students to understand and analyze the texts by assigning questions. Watching videos, they can listen to useful information that will help them see between the lines. It is free. Sign up and see how tempting it is to use.

A Cool Tool for #Flipped Literature Classes

Eva Büyüksimkeşyan’s Blog

‘On ‘I would have liked to have studied” by David Crystal

David Crystal’s latest blog post is titled “On ‘I would have liked to have studied”.

David says, “We can feel the speaker’s focus shifting from one time-frame to another, and dragging the ‘have’ along with it. I’ve talked about this sort of thing before on this blog (eg with sentences like ‘I’ve seen him three weeks ago’).Such sentences are thus more likely to be encountered in speech than in writing. They show some of the characteristics of a blend. In writing, Fowler’s recommendation is usually followed by other style guides. But why is the ‘double have’ construction ‘wrong’? I see a place for (3), if the writer wants the perfective aspect of both the liking and the studying to be emphasised. It’s a bit like using a repeated negation. The two uses of nor are omissible in the following example, but it’s easy to think of contexts where the emphasis would be desirable.

On ‘I would have liked to have studied

David Crystal’s Blog


‘100 words’ by Ceri Jones

Ceri Jones’ latest blog post is titled “100 words”.

Ceri says, “I know that we’ve focused on the use of the preposition to with go time and time again. It’s somehow satisfying to see it used here. And the same goes for the preposition at.  The class has got a little obsessed with the use of at and questions have been coming up again and again since the very first lesson on the difference between in, at and on.  It’s pleasing somehow to see it being used correctly here.  And of course it’s great to see that the vocabulary items she needed in the class and that we noted in our summary are being recycled here in her story (cow and tent).  And I realize that the first things I’ve focused on are examples of successful learning – maybe it’s because it makes me feel better about myself as a teacher!”.

100 words

Ceri Jones’ Blog

‘ETWION Twitterathon’ by Arjana Blazic

Arjana Blazic’s latest blog post is titled “ETWION Twitterathon”.

Arjana says, “eTwinning and Social Media, the learning event that Bart and I are running is in the full swing and tomorrow we’re organizing a Twitterathon – a 3-hour Twitter chat for educators. We’re going to discuss three  educational topics chosen by teachers from the learning event and beyond. We invite you to join us for the Etwion and vote for the topics. The poll will be open till midnight, March 6. TheTwitterathon will take place on March 6, from 7-10 pm CET.

ETWION Twitterathon

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‘SAVING GRACE’ by Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy’s latest blog post is titled “SAVING GRACE”.

Kieran says, “EFL lesson is designed around a short film called Saving Grace by Toad’s Caravan commissioned by the charity Mary’s Meals which provides 860,000 free meals every school day to hungry children. Saving Grace tells the story of 10-year old orphan Grace, who lives in poverty in Malawi. Grace has to forage and beg for food for her and her siblings, and as a result, can’t go to school.The animated film explains how by providing a free meal at school, Mary’s Meals can enable more children to go to school, eat, learn, and break the poverty cycle for future generations.”


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‘As Long As We’re on This Topic: Using “as long as” with multiple meanings’ by Jennifer Marten

Jennifer Marten’s latest blog post is titled “As Long As We’re on This Topic: Using “as long as” with multiple meanings”.

Jennifer says, “The learner heard the line “as long as you love me” in a song and asked about the meaning. Was it really part of a conditional statement? Likely, but I’d need to see all the lyrics to understand the context. My first response to the learner addressed only two possible meanings of as long as: condition and time. (Examples: As long as you are careful, you may borrow my laptop. = condition, “if” or “provided that” / You can keep that book for as long as you want. = time, “for that length of time”) Looking at different dictionary entries, I was reminded that as long as could also express reason, much like the conjunction since. (As long as we’re on this topic… = Since we’re on this topic…).”

As Long As We’re on This Topic: Using “as long as” with multiple meanings

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‘Is it best to teach pronunciation during early childhood?’ by Adrian Underhill

Adrian Underhill’s  latest blog post is title “Is it best to teach pronunciation during early childhood?”.

Adrian says, “The chart is not something to teach. It is a help for the process of learning. The chart is to pron what the white board is to grammar and vocab. Use the chart with kids just the same. They love it. If you don’t have a chart arrange their shoes at the front of the room for the twelve vowels and gather round and practice, or distribute the twelve vowels to 12 pupils like this:.”

Is it best to teach pronunciation during early childhood?

Adrian Underhill’s Blog