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Receptive grammar practice using TubeQuizard

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In this post I’m sharing with you TubeQuizarda new free Youtube-based service that makes it possible to (1) find Youtube videos that contain a large number of examples of target grammar and vocabulary and (2) automatically create listening quizzes that allow learners to practice catching this language in authentic speech. It also features a collection of over 80 ready-made Grammar for listeners and Pronunciation for listeners quizzes.

I’ll also

  • briefly explain the rationale behind the service and explain why I think listening practice belongs in grammar lessons
  • explain how to look for videos using the service and share some tips how to consistently incorporate receptive grammar practice into your course
  • share six key questions that I ask myself when deciding if a video that I found through this service will provide good input for my learners.

What are listening decoding skills and what do they have to do with grammar?

So to start with…

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Great post for all education leaders


I have been a Headteacher for 9 years and at the age of 48 this much I know about staff well-being.

Right now, keeping the fear factor outside the school gates is very difficult. I try hard to resist the climate of fear this government has so effectively crafted, yet I can feel it seeping into the staff room like chlorine gas. The attack on the profession is orchestrated and relentless, and Headteachers are the single most important defence against the Coalition’s bombardment. What we have to do is relentlessly exhibit behaviours which are supportive and creative, not penal and reductive, especially during this period of industrial action. With immense irony, we need to behave like we’re all in this together.

You won’t ever get it all right when it comes to looking after colleagues. All you can do is try your hardest and don’t make the same mistake twice!  It’s…

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Post-CELTA Confessions

In the previous post, I analysed the time a CELTA student would need to devote to the course. What is or is supposed to be taught in this course, then? Let’s take a deeper look at the syllabus.

First, what is the purpose of CELTA? Its aim is pretty straightforward: to acquire knowledge & skills, and learn to apply them when you get thrown into the jungle.

Mindmap Aims of CELTA

The syllabus can be broken down into five topics:

CELTA Syllabus overview

These 5 topics can be broken down further into various categories. I’ve mindmapped each of the five.

CELTA Syllabus Topic 1

CELTA Syllabus Topic 2

CELTA Syllabus Topic 3


CELTA Syllabus Topic 4


CELTA Syllabus Topic 5

Of course, each of the subtopics has its own aims, but that’s for another post.

For more detailed topic descriptions, visit the Cambridge website.

Mindmaps were prepared using Text2Mindmap and Resources were discovered here.

If you have any comments with respect to the…

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Henrick Oprea

If you haven’t been involved in #ELTChat discussions on twitter for the past couple of years, you should know you’ve missed the chance to connect with fantastic like-minded educators who pursue PD and always strive to do best for their students. #ELTChat is a discussion held every Wednesday on Twitter, and even though I wasn’t able to participate in the last discussions, we could always refer to the website that had been created as a repository for the discussions. This was only possible due to the hard work of all those who are involved in getting things up and running. If anyone here has been involved in any kind of endeavour, be it online or offline, you’ll know how hard it is when things seem to fall apart – but they only seem. As someone who has benefitted a lot from #ELTChat, and someone who appreciates the work that’s been…

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CELT Athens

I was very happy to discover a research report on the potential of using Facebook as a learning management system.

Facebook popularity and the ease with which most teachers and learners can create an account these days was, after all, one of the reasons our aPLaNet project team decided to include Facebook as one of the three Social Networks which may help teacher with their professional development easily and with complete autonomy.

Teachers Using Facebook for Continuous Professional Development 

Here is a screenshot of a Facebook group created to continue Twitter conversations of #ELTchat, a Twitter discussion which takes place every Wednesday – you can read more about #ELTchat here  and here and should you decide to join this group on Facebook, you will find it here! 

There are numerous groups of teachers connecting on Facebook, beginning with major teacher associations such as IATEFL and TESOL International and moving…

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A great blog post by Chia Suan in conversation with Rakesh Bhanot debating the great debate, whether native speaker teachers are superior to non-native speaking teachers.
Rakesh gives some great answers and well done to Chia for starting this discussion.


This series is inspired by a conversation between Mike Hogan and myself about examining the controversies in ELT. We wanted to consider the different positions taken by different members of the industry. However, to do so, we’d need a debate, a disagreement of sorts. And it became apparent that we either tend to agree with members of our PLN (flying creatures of the same feathers and all that), or would keep an open mind and be fairly polite and supportive of one another (that is why we tweet and blog). Seeing that, the only way to get a real debate going was to actively play Devil’s Advocate (DA).

The following debate took place as an Instant-Messaging Chat on Skype. The statements of here are of the DA and in no way represent my beliefs about teaching. This is merely a tool to spark a dialogue between you, the…

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