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If you've come to this site, it probably means you are thinking about doing a CELTA, are due to start a CELTA, or have recently completed a CELTA. Hopefully this site has something to offer you no matter which of these categories you fall into. Who am I and why do I think I can …

Checking Understanding – Part 2 – Concept Checking Questions (CCQs)

In part one, (see here), we established that when teaching, we may need to check students’ understanding of two main areas; instructions and language, and we explored why asking ‘Do you understand?’ is not a good way to check either of these things. Previously we discussed ICQs, (instruction Checking Questions), and now we are going …

Collocation: What it is, and 9 activities to use in your classroom

In this post, we’re going to think about collocations, and look at some practical classroom activities we can use to help students communicate better through their use. Vocabulary or lexis? When we think about the teaching and learning of vocabulary, we tend to think about individual words. In many classrooms, students are encouraged to memorise …