The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

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

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

An easy conversation lesson: extreme adjectives

It’s been a while since I posted an activity for the classroom, so I’ve decided to give you an entire lesson that I recently used for a class. I was asked … Continue reading

August 4, 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

6-word stories: an EFL activity

Met my soulmate. At her wedding. Isn’t it amazing how just 6 words can tell an incredibly powerful story? Recipe for failure. Changed my ingredients. Can you imagine planning a … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

how TED Talks changed my life

Ok, so they didn’t really but they have definitely upped my game in the classroom. I’ve always loved TED talks since I went to TEDx Cape Town a few years … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

rad classroom games from Jimmy Fallon

I love watching TV talk shows and often when I watch them I think the games they do would work so well in the EFL classroom. They are usually word … Continue reading

April 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

First class low-prep activity

2016 is bringing with it all sorts of work opportunities and so now I have found myself back in the classroom. I must admit, it’s been a while since I’ve … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · 1 Comment

Supersize me: a Pre-Int lesson

I’ve always been fascinated by real-life stories and food is a topic that will always go down well in a classroom so when Morgan Spurlock brought out Supersize Me I was … Continue reading

January 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

Famous Names: a foolproof game

Seeing as my last few posts have been about sharing other people’s ideas and strokes of genius, I thought today I’d share a game that I use constantly in my … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 2 Comments