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10 tips for bigger, better productivity
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A teacher’s work is never complete: New lessons, students, semesters, years, and subjects continuall...

11 classic games and why to use them in class
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“I really want to be bored witless,” said no student, ever.“I hope my students’ eyes glaze over in c...

How to write award-winning ELT materials
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Our academic team is no stranger to innovation – and now, our course book Fast Track 5 has been nomi...

Here’s how to get out of a teaching rut
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Sometimes, despite the best intentions, our teaching becomes a little lacklustre. The causes are var...

13 fail-safe icebreakers to use in class today
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At the start of a new semester, teachers around the world turn their attention to the very first cla...

How to get students talking—with minimal input
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Ever held a conversation class where students expected you to do the talking? Or tried to get conver...

Your quick cheat-sheet of pair work activities
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Pair work is a much-loved, much-used teaching technique—and with good reason. It reduces teacher tal...

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,...

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 (and why) to encourage failure in your classroom
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Some refuse to speak.Some prefer not to participate.Some turn red every time you mention their name....

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...

How to avoid hitting the end-of-semester wall: 10 tips
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The new year has faded into just “the” year, marking and planning has taken its toll, there’s always...