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Level: All levels Skills: Speaking, Vocabulary, Presentations Objectives: build relationships with classmates, practice polite language for talking with strangers, develop vocabulary related to the target items, become confident navigating the city, practice giving an informal presentation Number of students: 4 + This is a simple, fun activity where students are […]

Lesson Plan: Selfie Safari


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During 2015 Bianka Malecka and James Heath undertook classroom-based research as part of the English Australia Action Research in ELICOS program. We investigated the use of e-portfolios to enhance students’ writing skills in an EAP context. Students wrote weekly tasks to create an e-portfolio using the Wikispaces Classroom platform. This […]

Guide: how to set up e-portfolios for your class on ...


Students writing e-portfolios
During 2015 Bianka Malecka and James Heath undertook classroom-based research as part of the English Australia Action Research in ELICOS program. We investigated the use of e-portfolios to enhance students’ writing skills. We used Wikispaces Classroom to house the e-portfolios. Below is a brief summary of our project. There is […]

Exploring e-portfolios through action research



I recently came across an article Suresh Canagarajah wrote back in 1993, which I feel is still relevant today as a reminder to keep constantly reflecting on our teaching. In it Canagarajah describes his study of the graffiti or “glosses” that his Tamil students made in their textbooks during their […]

Canagarajah’s call to action (research)


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Level: EAP / Intermediate + Skills: Speaking Topic area: personal information, learning styles Number of students: 4 + (note: this lesson is more effective with students from mixed cultural backgrounds) This can be a good lesson to do early on with a new class. It is particularly relevant for a […]

Lesson plan: Cultures of Learning Profile


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Level: Pre-intermediate – Upper Intermediate Skills: Listening, Pronunciation, Speaking Grammar: like + ~ing Number of students: 8 + This lesson features a fun adaptation of the “Stop the Bus!” board race game. In this version, students compete in teams to write words starting with certain letters containing a particular sound. […]

Song: Beautiful World by Colin Hay + Pronunciation Stop the ...



Past Present and Future (flickr.com/photos/freshelectrons) 4
  Here’s a chart of all the ‘tenses’ of English. It contains the form, most common usage, example sentences and a timeline for each of the past, present and future tenses, plus conditionals. There’s an A4 students’ version, or an A3 version you can stick on the wall. It’s designed […]

Diagram of the Tenses of English with a timeline for ...


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Every teacher regularly experiences the first day with a new class. For many, no matter how long they’ve been teaching, this brings a mixture of nervousness, anticipation and even dread. The first lesson is an opportunity to tap into student motivation, build a community of practice, diagnose student needs and […]

Lesson Plan: The first lesson with a new class


Learning outcomes
I’ve been thinking about how to communicate learning outcomes / objectives / aims clearly with my students. There’s a lot of literature to support the benefits of making learning outcomes explicit in different educational contexts. (For example, “teacher clarity” is one of the top 10 influences Hattie identifies in his […]

Communicating learning outcomes to students