Hitting the books again

Having finished Basis for Business C1, and soon to hand over ELTABB events coordination, my workload is relatively light.  Next to my compact teaching sessions I’m writing teaching files: downloads to go with the Cornelsen series/ the C1 book a new course on International Competences and Communication Skills for Management Circle But overall I now […]

Tag: 11 facts, questions, answers among ELT bloggers

I’ve been  tagged in a Twitter-cum-teacher-blog game, and am happy to play by the rules: Acknowledge the nominating blogger. Share 11 random facts about yourself.  Answer the 11 questions the nominating blogger has created for you.  List 11 bloggers. Post 11 questions for the bloggers you nominate to answer, and let all the bloggers know […]

Grammar Guru: Nice meeting you/ Nice to meet you

Which of these two is correct? We say “Nice to meet you” when we meet someone for the first time, and “Nice meeting you” when we then say goodbye. “Nice meeting you” when we meet someone for the first time, and “Nice to meet you” when we then say goodbye. ˙noʎ ʇǝǝɯ oʇ ǝɔıu (s,ʇı) […]

Celebrating language blogs

It’s been a rather self-referential month in the “teaching English as a foreign language” blogosphere. I’m extremely honored to be listed by Babla and Lexiofiles among the top 100 language blogs. They put in an enormous and much appreciated amount of work. Frankly, being in that list comes as a huge surprise, considering the players […]

#hiddengems part 2

I’m doing this #hiddengems homework – digging for gold in the archives of teacher blogs – in parts. Here are two more: Karenne Sylvester wrote about disappointment as a topic for an EFL lesson in “Life is no bed of roses“, building around student input. An excellent business English lesson for managers. I’d update the […]


Darren Elliot gave us homework: Go to your favorite blogs and dig out #hiddengems for the world to see. Mike Harrison has passed this on to me – an honor, thank you very much – and to simplify things I limited myself to posts: written by EFL teachers and related to teaching but not among […]

My six jobs before becoming a teacher

Lindsay Clandfield on his lovely “Six Things” blog has invited us to think back to six jobs we held before becoming a teacher. Good question! None of the English teachers I know have had a straight career. Something drives us to do this crazy job, opening up to anyone and everyone as we support them […]