Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Day 313 – Clouds again

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

I really do think i’ve become fixated by clouds, maybe its just having an office that let’s me stare out at them, or a hobby in cycling that allows me to watch them them moving as a cycle, maybe it’s cos they’re different from czech clouds? Who knows? Anyway here’s a cloud pic.

Categories: Uncategorized

Dat 287 – Road Sign

October 20, 2010 Leave a comment

This is the sign on the main road, ok i haven’t lived back in the UK for long and I don’t drive which doesn’t help but I really was clueless as to what it means.  Has an ancient civilisation been brought back from the dead, is there an abandoned steel factory nearby.  Took me a couple of day to work it out!

Categories: Uncategorized

Relocation time – now

October 27, 2009 1 comment

Hi All,

A friend has given me some hosting space so have moved my blog to

See you there,



Categories: Uncategorized

A sick lesson that really smacked it

October 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Finally got round to teaching the sick vocabulary that I mentioned in my posting a couple of weeks ago.   So here’s what I did with it.  You can download the materials for from the right column of my blog. As always I wanted to teach the lesson utilising what’s available on the Internet so that the students can easily got back and revisit the sites and extend their English by visiting some of the links if they are interested in pursuing the topic further. It also fits nicely into my last posing about the plethora of free stuff out their for teachers to find and use.  As always, the main purpose of the lesson is lexically orientated with authentic listening thrown in. The added links provide further reading practice and could provide the basis for further work, especially collaborative learning and projects.

The lesson begins by reviewing the ‘sick’ sentences from the previous post.  Almost all the students are all mothers and or grandmothers we extended the task by asking them if the knew any ‘czech’ teen vocabulary and a general discussion of the pros and cons of ‘teens’ (and for that matter adults) having their own codes.  This stage allows for some personalisation. Next I got them to do the quiz that appeared in the guardian (sadly they got more then the 5 I originally got but then they were collectively doing it 🙂 ). This was followed by a further discussion prompted by the realisation that some of the words were use in Czech as well (i.e. flossing – and if you haven’t yet done the quiz, note this is nothing to with your teeth).

I then showed them some of the words that appear in then accompanying article to the quiz and asked them to try and guess a meaning, providing with the text  to see if they were right (another way of dealing with the text could be to design a kinaesthetic exercise, I didn’t do this as they will be ‘matching’ for homework on quizlet.)

A search of teens peak on youtube, threw up a couple of useful clips. One a news program and the other advice for parents . The news clip is interesting (well it prompted an interested discussion in class) as it starts off just talking about teen speak, quickly equates this with ‘danger’ and then takes it into the realms of predators. The reactions of some of the parents are comical.  We used it as a listening exercise to both listen for what so-called ‘teen’ acronyms are and the new listened to gauge attitudes of speakers.  (questions are on the powerpoint slides).  The second clip is on the same theme but this also links to a website so sts can find a transcript of what was said.  To use this slightly differently, I took the letter mentioned in the clip and asked the students to work out what the writer wanted to say and then they listened to confirm their predictions.

To round off the lesson and make use of the really nicely made game templates for powerpoint that someone twittered. I made a version of ‘who want to be a millionaire’ (I put it in the drop box) which we played in class.

I have also made put the words from the handbook on quizlet so the students can go back and do further work if they so wish.

Actually there are a number of post-lesson things that could be done, I have as always included links given to my students so they can develop the area themselves. On top of that it seems to me that such an area is perfect for project work  – students can go to links find words, make class wikis of the words (i.e. their own dictionary), make mind maps and so on.

Anyway until next time, enjoy the rest of your weekend,


Links for the lesson.

As you can see from the post, there are links throughout for the main lesson materials and the powerpoint and millionaire you can take from There are lots of hits, if you google teenspeak.

A teen chat decoder (yes really) – you type in the word in teen speak, it translate it for you.

The same website also has a teen speak dictionary and here is a BBC lexicon.

A blog posting on teen speak from radical parenting website

Link of the week – for teachers

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment

As the last couple of posts have been for my students, here is something for teachers. Someone twittered (if you don’t use twitter then why not:-)) a link to a really useful site for teachers who are trying to incorporate technology into their teaching.  It is a wiki site which means you can look around and add. They also have a discussion space. However this is a ning site so you need to register if you don’t use ning but registration is free. Ning is a social networking site but unlike others it allows greater control over who can see what and there are many teaching nings.

Anyway the site is called ‘teaching with internet‘ and this is the intro

“Welcome to TEACH WITH INTERNET wiki! Our main aim here is to have a place in cyberspace to start sharing ideas, tips, suggestions and all kinds of material that can help teachers who want to apply new technology to their daily practices”

Having just spent the last 30 minutes looking round it, there are many useful pieces of advice and links to tools as well as a nice little quiz on the first page (I scored 800 points, go on beat that :-))

It reminded me of another collection of resources out there called cool tools for schools

Enjoy the links, until next time


Categories: technology, Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Is there any hope TEFL?

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

An interesting blog posting from Jason Renshaw this morning,  and so thought I’d provide a link to that posting. Jason’s post provides answers to 10 ‘truths’ about EFL  from ‘why so many people learn English’ through to ‘Why don’t many teachers do more to develop their skills and professionalism’ and concludes by asking:

“Is there any hope at all for TEFL? Is it destined to keep spiralling downward inside a bottle plastered with labels of success? If there is hope, where will it come from?”

Personally I think he is being a little too cynical but debate is a good thing so if you are an EFL teacher I suggest you go read his post and then like me make a comment 🙂

Categories: Uncategorized