The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

a story about bad grammar and non-existent punctuation and my TEFL adventures

My students’ favourite error correction activity

Believe it or not and contrary to popular belief, my students love error correction. I know there are a lot of studies on anxiety in the classroom and subsequent advice … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · 12 Comments

Would you rather…?

Here’s a fun activity which many of you may be familiar with. Would you rather…? is a game where you are asked to choose between two usually impossible choices – … Continue reading

October 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Linguistlist review

Now, I’m not one to say no to a free book, so doing book reviews for Linguistlist is one of my guilty pleasures. My latest review is up now – … Continue reading

August 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Spam: a 2nd conditional lesson

Ever wondered what would happen if you replied to those spam emails offering us business deals, congratulating us on lottery winnings or informing us of massive inheritances? James Veitch did … Continue reading

March 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

grammar nerd jokes

I’m not ashamed to admit it: grammar nerd jokes are my absolute favourite. So when I found this, I had to share it. Go on, have a giggle: S0 Jokes … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

A (present) perfect lesson

There are a few ingredients I have found to be essential for a successful and effective lesson: Interest Personalisation Visuals If I’m ever stuck for how to present a structure … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

the comparative game that’s better than any other OR the best superlative game ever

So this is basically ‘my dad’s bigger than your dad’ in the EFL classroom. Get your students to brainstorm any object or adjective on the board. This can be a … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

situational learning

Situational learning is something I have come to use a lot in my classes, especially in teaching grammar. Situational learning is not even a recognised term, I am sure, but … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 1 Comment