The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

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

Common mistakes we shouldn’t be making

We all know there are some mistakes our learners make when using English (and that’s totally acceptable) but there are loads of mistakes that English-speakers themselves make when using their … Continue reading

November 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

What dreams are made of…

So there’s a story which has been in the news for the last few days and it’s really what my dreams are made of. I am an English teacher but I … Continue reading

October 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

#languagelearnerfail: lessons from my foreign language attempts

I’m one of those people that love learning new languages. I’m fascinated by the sounds and feel of different languages and I envy multilinguals: they’re the ultimate in cool for … Continue reading

August 18, 2016 · 1 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

Teaching idioms: a piece of cake

How on earth is anyone supposed to know that killing two birds with one stone doesn’t involve birds, stones or killing, or that to tell someone to break a leg is a positive thing rather than a wish for their pain, not to mention that a fat chance and a slim chance mean the same thing?

June 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

The most difficult words to pronounce

We all know that there are certain words that our learners find difficult to pronounce, but if we’re honest there are loads of words that even English speakers or very … Continue reading

April 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

The power of the gerund

As much as I usually despair for the future of humanity, there are times when I am surprised by our intelligence and wit. Today is, happily, such a day. Found … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Coding as a Foreign Language

Everyone should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think – Steve Jobs Steve Jobs said this quite a while ago, but I never really … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

love this #languagefun

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

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