Wandering ELT

Wandering in (almost) Absolute Freedom the realm of ELT



Self-observation in the classroom

I don't know if this word even exists in ELT, it's probably called 'self-reflection' or something similar. Terminology aside, this is what I've tried to do more consistently in the last few months: consciously noticing and if possible reflecting on... Continue Reading →

Just a quick link to say: I'm all in favour of error correction, and I'm glad to read there is evidence to prove it works!

Why is grammar-translation so persistent?

Today I'd like to share with you some questions and -- possibly wrong -- ideas I had last week, during our Delta preparation week. One day we were reviewing the development of methodologies in language teaching (from grammar-translation all the... Continue Reading →

On Dogme and how a world map transformed my lesson

I have already discussed on this blog how I love the idea of materials-light teaching and how I am experimenting with an unplugged approach. So it comes as no surprise that last week I decided to unplug one of my intermediate-level lessons to see... Continue Reading →

The problems I see with flipped, game-based teaching

Can a flipped, game-based approach to teaching English really work with adult, monolingual classes?

Materials-light teaching

I briefly mentioned on this post how I love activities which are materials-light and conversation-driven. I might not have acknowledged it fully, but I’m starting to suspect Dogme has seriously influenced my teaching 😎. Anyway, last Sunday I tried to follow #AusELT chat on... Continue Reading →

‘Something I’: a speaking activity

Today I would like to share with you an activity I love to do in both 1:1 and group classes. I love it because it has three very special ingredients that few activities have all combined: it's flexible, it can... Continue Reading →

Are we getting it all wrong?

I recently read a not-so-recent article about a group of UK teachers who went to China to try to understand the secret to the high performance of Chinese students in international tests. The alleged results came as quite a shock.... Continue Reading →

To coursebook or not to coursebook? That is the question.

I decided to write this post after reading Sandy Millin’s post and thinking: “wow, that’s exactly what I think!”. I apologise if this is more of a random collection of thoughts, but again, Sandy’s post reminded me of how putting... Continue Reading →

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