From theory to classroom practice #researchbites

About a month ago, and as I’ve written about here, I got the chance to go to the Innovate ELT conference in Barcelona. There’s one phrase that’s stuck with me for the last month: the graveyard of great conference ideas. This concept that we all generate tonnes of fantastic ideas through connecting with our peers…

What I learnt at iELT17

Two days of learner-focused, teacher-led talks in sunny Barcelona with craft beer and tapas, not to mention lots and lots of learning!

B1 Book Club Ideas

Today’s post is all about ideas for book clubs at B1 level. I’m a huge fan of reading and speaking, so the getting my English students involved in a book club really excites me.

Los Errores Gramaticales Más Frecuentes a nivel C1 en inglés

El otro día descubrí un artículo maravilloso escrito por Penny MacDonald en la Complutense Journal of English Studies titulado ‘”We all make mistakes!”. Analysing an Error-coded Corpus of Spanish University Students’ Written English’. Como profesores, y desde luego como profesores de exámenes de Cambridge, siempre buscamos una manera de ayudar a nuestros alumnos a superar las…

Biggest Grammar Mistakes in native Spanish C1 learners

The other day I came across a wonderful article written by Penny MacDonald in the Complutense Journal of English Studies entitled ‘”We all make mistakes!”. Analysing an Error-coded Corpus of Spanish University Students’ Written English’. As teachers, and especially as Cambridge exam preparation teachers, we’re always looking for ways to help our students overcome the…

Cambios en los exámenes de Young Learners de Cambridge English

Si eres profesor de los exámenes Cambridge, seguramente sabes que los exámenes de Young Learner (Starters, Movers and Flyers) van a cambiar a partir de enero de 2018. Para obtener más información, asistí a un seminario online organizado por Cambridge Language Assessment y Cambridge University Press. Fue muy informativo y pensé que para algunos de…

Cambridge Webinar: Changes to Young Learner Exams

If you’re a Cambridge Exam teacher, you probably know that the Young Learner (Starters, Movers and Flyers) exams are changing as of January 2018. To find out more, last Thursday I attended an online webinar run by Cambridge Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press. It was very informative and I thought some of you may…

Cambridge Seminar in Granada: Pronouncing and Penning Discourse

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a Cambridge Language Assessment seminar in Granada, organised by IML Granada and presented by Stephen Hasler. My colleagues and I all left with the same sensation, despite the early start (we travelled from Linares), our time had been well spent and we’d learnt lots of useful tips…

Calling all FCE and CAE teachers – new resource!

I’ve had a problem for the past couple of weeks. One of my FCE classes has been impossible to motivate. They’ve been tired and fed up and totally unable to concentrate. Not only were they not interested in what they had to learn in the course book but also the class felt like it lasted all…

English Book Club – improve your reading skills and so much more

Not to state the obvious, but if you’re going to reach a high level in any language, you have to read. But reading not only helps you for the reading parts of an exam, but it can also help in many other areas such as: Grammar retention Vocabulary retention Fluidity (if you read outloud) Pronunciation…