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All grammar games/ activities pages A to Z

As part of the on-going reorganisation of TEFLtastic, am trying to make a complete list of the games/ worksheets index pages. That’s taking longer than I thought, but have done it for the most popular pages, namely grammar: Other grammar … Continue reading ?

Lots of new opposites

My new favourite topic is teaching opposites, starting with the obvious hot-cold and big-little, but then using that simple idea to teach gradable and extreme adjectives, comparatives, appearance words, verbs, and all sorts. Two new articles and many worksheets on … Continue reading ?

New Teaching First Classes page

Not particularly good timing, but as part of the continuing polishing up of my Classroom Materials pages, have created a page of relevant links to articles and worksheets on needs analysis, language reviews, discussing language learning experience and tips, etc: … Continue reading ?

Links all (?) fixed

While fixing the several hundred links to the Englishclub.com articles mentioned below, I also found a whole load more broken links to fix, to which I have two reactions: “So sorry!” and “Why did no one tell me???” Anyway, it’s … Continue reading ?

EnglishClub.com articles moved

Thanks to a reader comment, I’ve just noticed that all of my articles on EnglishClub.com have slightly different addresses. I’m going through one by one trying to mend the links, and if you find any please let me know and I’ll … Continue reading ?

New teaching material pages winter 2016/17

As part of the big reorganisation mentioned below, created a fair few new index pages full of lots of lovely worksheets. Here they are, A to Z: Auxiliary verbs page Cambridge Proficiency Speaking page ed and ing adjectives page ESP … Continue reading ?

TEFLtastic teaching materials now much easier to find

Thanks to the kind (and hopefully satisfied) people who bought a copy of my book, I’ve been able to turn down some particularly undesirable cover lessons and instead finally spend some serious time on sorting out TEFLtastic, starting with the naming and … Continue reading ?

How to really teach interrupting – don’t!

Teaching business meetings and academic discussions to Japanese learners means sooner or later having to deal with their real weak point – turn taking. I’ve therefore slowly built up what could well be the most comprehensive selection of teaching turn … Continue reading ?

New year, new name – (just) TEFLtastic

Although TEFLtastic was started up simply to help the owner/ editor of TEFL.net try out his (now long gone) blogging platform for teachers, I slowly worked out that I could host a whole site with the help of WordPress, and that worksheets were … Continue reading ?

The best of 2016 – TEFL worksheets

Photocopiable classroom activities that I’d definitely use again, in no particular order: Good & Bad Travel English Responses (like TOEIC listening with typical, and often amusing, mistakes and confusions) Reported Speech Extended Speaking Reported Speech Memory Challenge Idioms Reversi Game … Continue reading ?

The best of 2016 – TEFL articles

No actual blogging in 2016, so instead two posts on my favourite stuff I’ve published this year. My own highlight was actually finally finishing a book, but I also have fond memories of these articles: 25 stupid things about Cambridge … Continue reading ?

More new stuff in 2016

On top of loads of new stuff on Xmas, telephoning, Cambridge Proficiency, etc that I’ve already mentioned, have put up these new articles and photocopiable materials in the rest of this year: Articles How to teach shopping language Differences between … Continue reading ?

New Xmas worksheets

More seasonal cheer for specific language points: Xmas shopping roleplays (with typical phrases for shoppers and shop staff and lots of Xmas vocab) Xmas food restaurant roleplays (with typical phrases for diners and servers) Festivals and celebrations rules (discussing how … Continue reading ?

Seasonal pages just updated

Just in case 43 articles and worksheets on the topic of Xmas and New Year wasn’t enough for you, have added one more plus a link to my festivals and celebrations page in case you want to mention the time … Continue reading ?

TEFL reversi/ TEFL Othello (TEFLtastic classics part 35)

This is a revival of a long-running series of posts on TEFL activities that are so good and so adaptable that you have to stop yourself from using them too much. For the 34 other instalments, see here. Like so … Continue reading ?

Complete guide to telephoning in different cultures

Three new articles on the topic published this month: British and American phone calls – NEW 50 ways to answer the phone (in English and other languages) – NEW Cultural differences in telephoning – NEW These links and many more … Continue reading ?

New Cambridge CPE games/ worksheets section

It will be years before it reaches the size of my huge FCE and IELTS worksheets sections, but have made a start on a Cambridge Proficiency in English section with 12 worksheets on the topic, many specific to Objective Proficiency … Continue reading ?

Complete guide to British body language and gestures

… or at least I hope it’s a full guide, given how I’ve just finished writing about over 100 gestures etc in three articles and over 10,000 words on the topic: 80 British gestures British body language (on topics other … Continue reading ?

Finding a local Delta tutor (in Tokyo and worldwide)

I’m just starting work as a local tutor for a distance Delta candidate again, trying to remember what the jargon means etc six years after the last time ready to start helping with and marking their essays and lessons from … Continue reading ?

New teaching English ideas and materials summer 2016

A comparatively small supply by my standards due to spending some time polishing up and trying to sell a few more copies of my book, but I guess 200 phrases, four articles and 27 worksheets isn’t bad for a summer’s … Continue readin...

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