Category Archives: TEaching writing

A day in the life

A while ago, I read A day in the life of a freelance teacher trainer, which got me thinking about what a typical day in my own working life looked like. I’ve been a freelance ELT writer since 2013. As … Continue reading

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Poetry from paint sample cards and other adventures in creative writing

A few years ago, my boss asked if she could run an idea past me. She thought it would be a good idea to set up a creative writing class alongside the general English classes, and had been wondering if … Continue reading

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What rats taught me about teaching writing

We teachers have, I believe, a tendency to focus on all that goes wrong in the classroom. If we teach a stinker of a lesson we spend a lot of time analysing the reasons for our failure. After a successful … Continue reading

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Text Teach Text: an approach to teaching writing

I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for the test teach test paradigm. I like it because: You don’t waste time teaching learners what they already know Progress is easily measurable (at the end of the lesson, learners … Continue reading

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