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Erin Walton

Erin is a writer and translator with experience teaching English in general and exam preparation settings. She lives in Chile and can usually be found above a keyboard, halfway through a book, or under the influence of too much caffeine.

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10 classic Christmas games to play with your class
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For many of us, Christmas is an exciting time of year that promises an extra burst of food, friends,...

The big mingle: 8 activities to pick and mix
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“Mingles” are one of the most popular activities up a language teacher’s sleeve. Educators love them...

Got stationery? Play these quick games
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You know the deal. There are five minutes before class ends and you’re losing your young learners. M...

Simple, no fuss Christmas activities for teens and adults
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You probably already have lots of ideas for Christmas activities for your young learners—but what ab...

How to support visual learners in the language classroom
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Picturing your current students, you’re probably already clear on who your visual learners are. They...

15 must-remember tips for new language teachers
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Whether working in the Northern or Southern hemisphere, there’s one thing the teaching community has...

What are circle games? (And why they’re great for ELT)
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A group of students sitting in a circle, engaged in a whole class activity. It’s an image that easil...

Best practices and tips for effective pair work
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Working in pairs is one of the most-loved set ups in the language classroom. However, without  prope...

An introduction to Total Physical Response (and four activities to try)
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Do you have beginners or young learners in your schedule? We bet you (and they!) will get a lot out ...

Here’s how to smash Monday morning blues
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Sunday night jitters in the last hours of the evening followed by a less than smiling start to the w...

Ten must-know whiteboard games
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One of your biggest classroom allies is right in front of you: the whiteboard. With a healthy dose o...

More time management tips (from teachers who are rocking it!)
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Teaching: a constant balancing act between students’ needs, curricular requirements, greater institu...