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

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

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

#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

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

#FlashbackFriday

Fridays have never been good days for me to blog – too preoccupied with the weekend, I suppose. So today, as per my usual Fridayness, I’m taking it easy and … Continue reading

December 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Master’s take-away: the memory curve

We all spend a fair amount of our lives in a classroom or studying or trying to learn something. I have spent almost 17 years of my life trying to … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 6 Comments

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

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