Wandering ELT

Wandering in (almost) Absolute Freedom the realm of ELT

About mindfulness in ELT (again!)

Last year I wrote a blog post about what I perceived as a commodification of an amazing Buddhist concept: mindfulness, or sati. Today, I would like to go back on the topic, after I've recently attended: a one-day Vipassana meditation retreat;... Continue Reading →

A noob at #Eaquals2017Riga

After five days in Riga, Latvia, for the Eaquals International Conference, I share some thoughts as a first-time conference goer and presenter.

11 things about me

I know this was a blog challenge some time ago (possibly a year ago or more!), but at the time I had just started this blog, so I didn't take part. Anyhow, I now feel it is the right time... Continue Reading →

‘I don’t understand nothing!’

How many times have we hear this phrase coming out of one of our student's mouth? The student who feels she can't understand 'nothing' because she missed a word -- or even a phrase -- and so switches off completely for the... Continue Reading →

Exam preparation: a lesson plan

Today I'd like to share a lesson with you. It's a lesson structure more than a lesson plan, as it is easily adaptable to many exams -- I used it with all the Cambridge suite, but I'm sure you can... Continue Reading →


I've had ups and downs at work lately, and March-April have been and will be hectic. So today I would like to tell you a bit more about what I do to unwind after a long day of teaching, planning... Continue Reading →

Delta task: real-life listening

In this task, I was asked to consider what is involved in real-life listening, and what the implications for classroom teaching are. Here is my reflection on the topic (I have dome this before reading the recommended book on the... Continue Reading →

Planning one-to-one lessons

Some time ago I wrote about how I (am required to) plan my lessons. What I wrote there actually only applies to groups. Apparently, I do not have to produce such an accurate plan for my individual students. To tell... Continue Reading →

2017 Eaquals conference workshop: quality fallout

I am thrilled and terrified to announce that a colleague and I will be presenting a workshop at the upcoming Eaquals Annual Conference in Riga, Latvia, in April this year.

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