Category Archives: Teaching English

After the Exam

My course has finished. I’ve done the exam and now I’m a much freer woman. On the one hand, I’m happy to have my free time back. On the other, I miss: (a) the challenge of juggling work and study; … Continue reading

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After the Exam: Seven Things

Next week I have a big, nasty three-hour exam for the course I’ve been doing since October. Here are seven things I plan to do once the exam is over: go swimming put my winter clothes away go shopping and … Continue reading

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How Languages are Learned by Patsy Lightbown and Nina Spada

A Book Review I have taken a break from reading War and Peace*,  for various reasons, one of them being the need to get a head start on the reading for a teaching course I’ll be doing in a few … Continue reading

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Teaching English

The Trinity Exam Football players, pop singers, Valentino Rossi, cars and technology – these are classic topics for Italian students taking the Trinity English language oral exam. The Trinity exam is an annual event in one of the schools in … Continue reading

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Teaching English

Last week I finished teaching the second level of a basic English course for adults. There were 14 students in the class: 7  from the first level and 7 “new entries”. Some of the new entries had a higher level … Continue reading

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Teaching English

Last week I finished teaching a basic level English course to adults.    We had been doing 3-hour evening lessons twice a week since late October.    The students ranged in age from 20 to 65+.  There were 10 men and 3 … Continue reading

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