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

From the mouths of babes

Another share today. This time an article which I stumbled on which I think is really interesting. There is always a lot of talk about how coursebooks are/can be outdated … Continue reading

July 31, 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 · 1 Comment

an open letter to all TEFL teachers

I’ve always been a big fan of the EFL community and I regularly read words of advice from other TEFL teachers and borrow ideas and resources for lessons, and what I … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · 3 Comments

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

#IATEFL2016: Michael McCarthy

So for my second IATEFL at-home conference I watched a talk by Michal McCarthy – of Vocab/Collocations/Idioms in Use fame. Though his topic was quite dry (but on something I’ve … Continue reading

April 25, 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