Misconceptions about Learning & Teaching

I just read Ljiljana Havran’s great blog post on student misconceptions about learning and teaching over on her excellent blog and I thought I would share my own struggles in this area.  If you haven’t read Ljiljana’s post, please do so first. Go ahead – I’ll wait here. Finished?  Okay, here are the similar and divergent points […]

Helping Students With English Study

As a teacher, I must often think about the central question of how to help my students with their English study efforts. Many of my students recognize that they need to work hard outside of the classroom to improve their overall English ability.  The question of “what to do” then becomes central in their minds […]

Lesson Feedback

I’d like to respond to Zhenya’s fantastic post titled “Did You Like My Lesson?” over at the wonderful “Wednesday Seminars” teaching blog.  In the post, she talks about the tendency to give vague positive feedback to a teacher who you’ve just observed and is expecting praise in return.  The questions she asks in the article are […]

Vocabulary Activities and #KELTChat

On Sunday, June 21st, I had the pleasure of taking part in a #keltchat, which is kind of a discussion on twitter with other language teaching professionals.  Although the “k” stands for “Korean”, I’m not a teacher in Korea.  That hasn’t stopped me the community from welcoming me.  I’ve had nothing but positive experiences on […]

Vocabulary Learning: Making Words Stick

I was really excited to see the June 21st #keltchat topic was about vocabulary learning.  Vocabulary learning is something that I place a good deal of importance on in my classroom.  Consequently, I spend a lot of time trying to help my learners increase their English vocabulary.  I recently read Scott Thornbury’s excellent blog post called “V is for […]

Winning With Weird Lesson Content

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson It’s 9 a.m. and your first period is about to begin.  You walk into a class full of freshmen who, despite being non-English majors, were all smiles six weeks ago when the semester began.  Now, however, the novelty of university life is […]

Using songs in a speaking class

A guest blog by Neil As this is my first dreamreader.net blog, I’ll tell you a little about myself and what I’m doing. I teach at a university in Japan, and I’m originally from the UK. My job has its frustrations, like any teaching position I guess, but on the whole I thoroughly enjoy my job. One […]

Learning from Bad Class Experiences

In a recent #keltchat, a group of teachers discussed the idea of learning from bad class experiences.  What I took away from the great contributions is that, generally, teachers know they will never have perfect classes.  On the other hand, we still seem to find it hard to accept or make sense of the negative ones.  I’ve […]

Using an Academic English Lesson in Class

If you’re looking for something simple and quick for your class to read, dreamreader is great because you can just download the PDF version of our articles and hand them out to your class.  But there’s so much more you can do with them then that.  Here are some ideas for extending the life span […]