Jellybeanqueen: A TEFL blog

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

Game shows for the EFL classroom

Confession: This year seems to have run away with me. Since the end of last year I got sucked into that deep, dark hole of “making a living” and I … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

A different first-day activity

There are loads of activities for the first day of a new class on the internet and in your coursebooks, but I find a lot of them same-y. That doesn’t mean … Continue reading

October 23, 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

Newbie TEFL issues: TTT

For the last four weeks I’ve been back in the classroom as a TEFL trainer for the school I am currently working for. My TEFL career has recently taken me … Continue reading

July 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Free! Gratis! Mahala!

Now that I’ve got your attention…:-) Something useful for any of your students thinking about doing or preparing for the IELTS exam: The British Council and FutureLearn are doing an … Continue reading

April 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

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

what a difference a desk makes

A classroom is a classroom is a classroom. There are so many things to think about before we even step into the classroom that it’s no surprise that we often … Continue reading

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

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