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David Mearns
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DAY ONE OF SCHOOL & GETTING TO KNOW YOUR STUDENTS
Unlike most teenagers, who are dragged back early (in their view) from sun-drenched summer holidays and forced back into formal education, every teacher I have ever met loves the first day of school.  It is not in any way a masochisitic appreciation, but, i...

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VIDEO CLIPS Can Springboard the Creative Process...
Being a long time advocate of using video in the classroom, I am constantly looking for ways to include it in almost all of my lessons with my young teenage student demographic.  They love visuals for lessons, and if they are presented with quality, thought...

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The WRITING PROCESS: FOCUSING on ORGANIZATION
Although
students may not like Reading and Writing while they are at high school, there
is no doubt that they will have become reasonably proficient in both skills
should they wish to go on to tertiary education.  That means, for me as a
prep. teacher or ha...

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REPORTING SONG/ALBUM REVIEWS
My long time EFL teaching colleague (different school) and Scots freen (different region), Gordon Dobie (A West Coaster, but he canny help thon), shared with me an activity for the practice and production of REPORTED SPEECH with my students. He uses it hims...

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FAWLTY TOWERS for Funny-ELT-Consideration...
Is it remotely possible that any British person born in the 2oth century has not heard of this iconic comedy series? I also reckon millions of Americans, Indians, Australians, Canadians and South Africans have all had the joy of watching this wonderful "tel...

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READ---RESEARCH---RESPOND: IS THAT SO?
Have you ever wondered where toilet paper originated? or Do we get wetter in the rain when we walk or run? or the old classico, What came first, the chicken or the egg?  So I came across this really interesting book last year, written by Andrew Thompson. Th...

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Being a JERK has no SPECIAL PURPOSE!
Carl Reiner's 1979 comedy masterpiece, The Jerk, is still one of my favorite films of all time.  The Reiner-Steve Martin co-writing, directing and starring is so clever in ever respect, the irony of the title could never be more striking. Basically, Navin (...
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