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DISCUSS THESE QUESTIONS Would you say you spend too much time doing unnecessary things? What is your opinion of people who are obsessed with their stuff? Why do some people become addicted to things easily, whereas others do not? What can be the difficult part about finishing high school or university? Have you had to […]


27 Tips for Effective Classroom Management

NEW Infographic! 27 Tips for Effective Classroom Management

Check out this amazing new infographic which gives you not 10, not 20, but 27 fabulous tips for effective classroom management!

27 Tips for Effective Classroom Management

Do you manage a classroom? Do you want to manage it right? Read these essential tips, put them into practice, and watch your classroom management issues disappear!

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Idiom of the day – Get that Friday feeling!

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If you’ve got ‘that Friday feeling‘ you are ready for the weekend and in the mood for fun and relaxation. This is the kind of thing you could say when you get into work on a Friday morning – it means you are happy because work will soon be finished and it’s time to celebrate the fact that two days of holiday (the weekend) is on the horizon. However, not everybody might share or appreciate your cheery demeanour:

Jeremy: Morning, Carol.

Carol: Morning, Jeremy. What are you so happy about?

Jeremy: It’s Friday! It’s nearly the weekend! I can’t wait. I’m going to a massive party with my mates in Cornwall! What about you, Carol? Have you got anything planned for the weekend?

Carol: Not really. I’ll probably do my ALDI big shop tomorrow.

Jeremy: Oh, cheer up, Carol! It’s Friday!

Carol: So you keep saying. I’ve got to get all these accounts finished by four.

Idiom of the day – It’s just one of those things

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We say ‘It’s just one of those things‘ about a situation that we don’t like but that we can neither explain nor change. It often refers to something trivial, rather than life-or-death serious. We often accompany this sentiment with a slightly confused shrug of the shoulders:

‘Why did the train have to be late? Today of all days! I really needed to get to work on time.’

‘I don’t know. It was just one of those things, I suppose.’

‘Why is our broadband reception so poor?’

‘Don’t ask me. I guess it’s just one of those things.’

‘No! I’m going to change our supplier!’

‘Why does the toilet paper always tend to run out just at the worst possible moment?’

‘I haven’t got a clue. It’s probably just one of those things.’

FREE Podcast! What does it mean to be English? (Discussion Words)

What does it mean to be English?

This is a lesson plan for Intermediate to Advanced level learners of English, EFL, ESL, and ESOL.

Let’s talk about the topic of Englishness. What does it mean to be English? Why are English people so… well, you know. Right? Here are the 40 vocabulary words and phrases that best describe Englishness.

You can download the free accompanying material below:

Englishness – The English Condition (free pdf worksheet)

Englishness – Discussion Words (free pdf worksheet)

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Can you teach an old dog new ELT tricks? FREE podcast

FREE Podcast! Can You Teach an Old Dog New ELT Tricks?

Free podcast featuring new ideas for teaching English as a Foreign Language for summer 2017!

Can you teach an old dog new ELT tricks?

Yes, you can in my case! Here are some of the new lesson ideas that I tried out while working at a language school in the UK this summer. Feel free to try them yourselves – they worked really well for me! If you need any further information about the activities, please contact me here or via Twitter @purlandtraining

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Here is the full list of activities mentioned in the podcast: