Author Archives: Dave Cleary

Looking back – my self-reflection

Here at ILC IH Brno, today is the last day of school for most of our classes, but I know many of you will still be going until the end of the month – don’t worry it’s only a few … Continue reading

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One way to do revision – letting students choose what to focus on

Here in Czech most schools I know give their students some kind of end-of-year test, which means we teachers need to prepare some revision lessons – and sometime the test itself (whether testing has any value and what that value … Continue reading

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Spring Fever! 10% discount on summer training courses

Spring is really here and summer is on the way. To celebrate this exciting time of year we would like to offer you a 10% discount off one of our summer Methodology Courses for Teachers (MCT) if you register in … Continue reading

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Tell me something I don’t know

Last Friday I went to the English Teacher’s Club at MZK, the local library, where we shared some ideas for ice-breakers, warmers and fillers. The activity I took along is one designed to get students talking by making them ‘experts’. … Continue reading

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Why we should challenge our personal myths

Last weekend I read a very interesting post on Hana Ticha’s blog (I realise this is a tautology as ALL of Hana’s posts are interesting) and it really got me thinking. The post is called “Challenging one of my personal myths”. … Continue reading

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IATEFL – On-line links and blogs

The biggest, and arguably most important, English Language Teaching conference in the world is going on this week in Manchester. It is the 49th Annual IATEFL Conference and Exhibition. With teachers, trainers and speakers from all over the world and … Continue reading

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Using pictures to practice grammar

Using pictures to practice grammar In today’s post I am going to tell you about a classroom activity I use a lot. It can be adapted to work with all different levels and with a number of different grammar points, … Continue reading

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Creativity in the classroom

Encouraging creativity and developing creative skills is important in any classroom. And this goes for the English language classroom too, whatever the age or ability of the learners. But this is all very well to say but what does it mean … Continue reading

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Perilous Poetry? No Problem!

In Perilous Poetry? No Problem! Petra proved that poetry is perfect for pupils. Ok, enough alliteration. In her session Petra showed some great activities to get your students interested in both the poem itself and the language. Using poems in class doesn’t … Continue reading

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Dealing with disturbances

At the end of every conference we ask for  feedback from the delegates, and at the end of every conference the delegates tell us how much they love coming, and they also say how sad they are that they couldn’t go … Continue reading

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