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James Taylor
EFL teacher to adults and teens, President of BELTA, blogger, social media enthusiast, music obsessive.
EFL teacher to adults and teens, President of BELTA, blogger, social media enthusiast, music obsessive.

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#ELTchat summary on Sugata Mitra and 25 Questions He Needs To Answer
On Saturday 5th of April at the IATEFL conference in Harrogate, Sugata Mitra delivered a plenary session that proved to be acclaimed and vilified at the same time. I was in the room at the time, and witnessed a large proportion of the room rise to their fee...

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What I Learned From IATEFL 2014...
At the beginning of April, I attended the 48th IATEFL conference in Harrogate in the north of England. As I did last year, I was there as a representative of BELTA but this year had the added excitement of knowing I would be speaking at the Pecha Kucha nigh...

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Google Should...
A quick idea, inspired by these adverts made by , designed to highlight how different societies view the role of women. After having taught the model verbs, I think this would be a very thought-provoking way of putting them into context for your...

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Songs In The Key Of ELT - Alphabetical Genre Song
This man is to jazz what I am to synchronised swimming Music often turns up in course books, and you'll normally find a dry and somewhat out of date list of music genres listed in the book. Even though I think that you can know about something even if it's ...

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A Little More About Me - A Blog Challenge
I'm a bit late to this party, but since I was tagged by @vickyloras @JoshSRound @seburnt @ShellTerrell @_divyamadhavan @leoselivan @Marisa_C @cecielt  @cioccas and @shetlandESOL, I really had to respond! The blog challenge is to provide 11 random facts abou...

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My Life In 20 Lines - a simple storytelling activity
Here's a simple idea for practicing the past simple with lower level students. I got it from Quora , a website that allows its users to ask and answer each other questions. Unlike other similar sites, you are required to sign up to get access, resulting in ...

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Songs In The Key Of ELT: Don't Worry About The Government
Here's a funny thing. Despite music being my number one passion and hobby in life, I've never once written about it here on my blog. In fact, I don't tend to make a big thing out of it in my teaching either. Well, I plan on changing both those things, start...

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What's the difference between round and around?
Taken from : "Are round and around (as preposition and adverbial particle) interchangeable in all contexts? In many contexts in British English they are, as in she put her arm round him; she put her arm around him. There is, however, ...

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What Can I Read In My Own Time?
Reading is one of the best ways you can improve your English. Many students have found that it has been very helpful for them. To begin your reading habit, remember to... ... read as much as you can. ... read a variety of different texts (books, newspaper a...

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Which podcasts can I listen to?
This is a list of podcasts designed for English language learners, which is taken from Sandy Millin's blog (with her permission). If you'd like to read more about podcasts, read Sandy's full blog post where she explains what podcasts are, how they work, how...
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