Author Archives: Richard Graham

Why language learning (& teaching) is just like Lego!

I put a quick version of this on Instagram the other day,  and here is the more in-depth 3 minute version 🙂 Language learning (or teaching) is just like Lego. At first you start with a blank piece of paper. (Although a skilled teacher will be able to show you that you already know many…

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A few tips for very large (or normal size) classes

Quite a few of you seemed impressed with the Instragram video I put up the other day and in particular the amount of students in the “class” Obviously these days my job is helping teachers so I don’t get to teach kids as often as I’d like (  kids are way easier to teach 🙂…

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A few “hidden” VIP extras for you …

For any of our students it can be quite overwhelming to have too much presented at once.   That’s why I stick to the 1,2,3 lesson plan.   Keep it simple and present the minimum possible to get the results. And of course it can always be nice, later on,  to get some new surprises or…

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It’s that spooky time of year again ….

To be honest I’m not too keen on Halloween.   I love the cute graphics and of course orange is my favourite colour,   but just like my Chinese friends who find it incredibly strange that American parents buy plastic tombstones for their kids, I find the whole aspect a little far from the positive…

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Is there any chance for a burnt out teacher to “resurrect”?

Olga just wrote in to ask: Is there any chance for a burnt out teacher to “resurrect”? What should be done to enable this resurrection? 🙂   Hi Olga, Very good question! Yes there is indeed 🙂 First step is to take a holiday. Either a full week away. Or just a Saturday afternoon pampering…

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