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Letter writing in the past, present, and future

A letter to the future me from the past me read by the present me Something that at first seemed slightly weird happened to me recently: I received a letter, with the address written on the envelope in my hand writing. On opening the letter, I found myself reading a...

Plan Bs

One of the things I often hear about in the English language teaching world concerns that dreaded ogre, observations. I know there are examples of good practice here, where observations are part of a holistic cycle that really helps teachers develop, focusing on what...

Framing your writing

In a way, this post is about something I won’t actually be able to use myself and isn’t something I have done extensively (or at least, consciously so) in the past. This week I start a new job, and I actually won’t be in a classroom environment, so that’s why I...

Prompts for Tuesday morning

As I’ve alluded to in a previous post, I am soon going to be starting a new job. So, Mike, will you have a bit of a break before you start in your new role? Well, you would have thought that this would be favourable, but in the end I am working right up to the...

Lexical gap fills – with a difference

This is a sort of stop-gap post, while I compose another one that will summarise a session about lexical sets I saw at IATEFL a couple of weeks ago. In a happily serendipitous, synergetic way this post is also a bit about lexis and is also something that I’ve...