Teaching & Learning

The Mathematics of English Language Teaching

I often feel that one of the main obstacles or barriers that English teachers face is expectations. There are a number of reasons for this, but the two major causes of unrealistic expectations are basic underestimation of the difficulty of learning a language and the dishonest marketing of so many English language learning providers. Where… Continue reading The Mathematics of English Language Teaching


On the Bicycle Analogy

You wouldn’t expect to learn to ride a bicycle by having the techniques explained to you by a professional cyclist before you’ve even bought yourself a bicycle. Even less so by being shown the various parts of a bicycle stripped down and being told what they are all for and how each one works. And… Continue reading On the Bicycle Analogy

Techniques & Methodology

Teacher Talk Acts, Not Teacher Talk Time

Student Centred Learning. Buzzword de rigueur. It’s a principle that, of course, I wholeheartedly endorse, and I travel around the country talking about how best to achieve it. When I first started talking about student-centred learning at workshop events, it was completely unheard of by many of my audiences here in Indonesia. Certainly it could… Continue reading Teacher Talk Acts, Not Teacher Talk Time