The TEFL Life: A TEFL blog

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

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

Professional development: It’s a love/hate thing

So, in my spare time (hahahahahah) I write blog posts for the British Council Teaching English website. Every two months we are given a set of topics and can basically … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

stuck in the mud: a case for teacher development

What usually happens to me after a while, wherever I am and whatever I’m doing, is I start to feel a bit stuck. This is nobody else’s fault but my … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

1954: the last time it rained cats and dogs

Coursebooks are funny. Sometimes they can be the best thing ever, but sometimes they make you want to throw them out the window. People are funny too. Some people believe … Continue reading

May 15, 2015 · 1 Comment


When I arrived at my language school in Cambridge, I realised that things were very different in this part of the world. Before this I had taught in Asia in … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

when flipping fails

Yesterday I wrote about utilising the idea of the flipped classroom  and today I’m going to think about the problems this may bring about. I think one of the main … Continue reading

May 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

flip flippedy flip

Have you ever found been bored in your own classroom? I have, many times. It’s not that I’m boring – though I’m sure on some days I’m funnier than others … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 1 Comment

to correct or not to correct?

Error correction is something I think we are all aware of but perhaps don’t realise the importance of. One day in the classroom when I was feeling particularly grumpy and … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

throwback thursday

It’s amazing what you can find out about yourself when you google yourself. Quite by accident I stumbled on this old article that was published in Voices magazine Issue 218: … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · Leave a comment