When it’s time to put your language to the test, set aside grammar and vocabulary. (1) Confidence, (2) precision, and (3) tact will help both you and your counterpart walk away satisfied. (A companion article to How to Talk to a Non-Native Speaker.)

In 2016, I left the US for…


Traditional language teaching tells us that lessons can be divided into three parts: Present, Practice, Produce. Some people might call that “Engage, Study, Activate,” and still others might call it “I do, We do, You do.”

Whatever works for you. Personally, I like the brevity of “PPP.”

Come on, I’ve got this.

Most teachers do…


The Gathering: How to Run It, How to Play It

The Gathering is an improv session created and led by @ImprovLiz of The Maydays. In essence, it is a mystery dinner without a set mystery and without set characters. This is, after all, improv!

For an online session of The Gathering, participants have a series of five rooms in a…


I did my CELTA at 2016 at ITI Istanbul. At some point during our training, I gave feedback to the group at large that “being on the cutting edge of teaching on paper doesn’t matter much if you can’t get your TTT down.” …


I have tweeted extensively about my dissatisfaction with Marvel’s Loki TV series. It’s not just the choppy dialogue from the extras, abysmal performances from everyone except Owen Wilson, or the poor choices that were made in terms of plot and locations. It’s also the sheer predictability of the writing.


TL;DR Keep your activities monolingual. When designing activities and using the target language (L2), avoid using the student’s native language (L1). This will save you both time and effort later on.

Half of the language teaching materials I find on Quizizz teach via translation, and it frustrates me to no…


In this article, I want to show you how I set up Anki. I want to explain to you why I set it up that way. But most importantly, I want to establish that Anki has value, and I want you to introduce that added value into your daily life.


Communicating with non-native speakers is common in international organizations, but doing so without being patronizing is a hard-won skill. These techniques for tactful communication will help both you and your counterpart walk away satisfied. (A companion article to How to Talk to a Native Speaker.)

Photo de Jopwell provenant de Pexels

If you work in the…


This text is an edit for educational purposes of the 1939 story “The Bear Who Let it Alone” by James Thurber. It and other stories can be found in the collection Fables for Our Time and Famous Poems Illustrated.

In the woods of the Far West there once lived a…


This article is targeted toward ESL professionals. However, the principles described here could be used for teaching any language.

Disclaimer: this article contains profanity. The good stuff is at the bottom.

Pronunciation is one of the trickier parts of language teaching. What do you do when the instructor isn’t a…

N.G. Rees

Teacher trainer and ESL instructor based out of Morocco. Head of Training and Development, Resilient Communities NGO. hmu @nickguyrees

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