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Bye bye Berlingo.

After being overwhelmed by the kind comments and tweets I received on and about my last post, I have decided that I love writing too much to stop blogging just because I no longer teach English in Berlin. Thank you … Continue reading

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To Berlingo or not to Berlingo?

I feel I owe this blog a short explanation. I know I wrote a lot about my big life switch in my previous post, but still, I feel the need to scribble something else. Since 2015 turned into 2016, I … Continue reading

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TED Talks with ‘The English Salon’: an evening for advanced learners of English

A few weeks ago (OK, in mid-November…I’m posting this far too late!), a friend from the English Teachers’ Association of Berlin and Brandenburg (ELTABB) started a new workshop for advanced learners of English. She called it ‘The English Salon,’ and … Continue reading

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‘Winter activities for adults’ – an #ELTchat Summary from Wednesday 9th December

On Tuesday 8th December, I put out a plea for help on Twitter for Christmas activities for adults, as the large majority of the material I found online was aimed at children. I was also pushed for time to create something for … Continue reading

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A MaWSIG MeetUp: ‘What’s hot and what’s not in ELT publishing?’

A few months ago, Dale Coulter and I had a strange psychic moment whereby we both replied to a tweet from MaWSIG saying more or less the same thing. MaWSIG is the Special Interest Group for Materials Writing from IATEFL, … Continue reading

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My first ever creative teaching idea: talking about food

This will, for once, be a short post, but I just wanted to share what could well be my first ever truly creative and own idea for teaching something (!) It’s an idea for teaching adjectives of food, and I came up … Continue reading

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My first Lesson Jam

On Saturday 1st August I took part in my first ever Lesson Jam, organised by the creator of the concept himself, the lovely Tom Heaven. My first Lesson Jam also happened to be the first ever session that Tom has … Continue reading

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An ELTABB-tastic weekend

This weekend was the first weekend in 6 weeks where I haven’t had visitors or been at home celebrating my birthday, and it has been wonderful. In addition to catching up with friends and being treated to belated birthday dinners … Continue reading

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Diary of a Newbie Teacher Part Two: Teaching beginners

At the end of last week I was asked to take on a class in place of another teacher at 8am on Monday morning. Aside from being slightly offended by the ungodly hour, I asked for more information about the … Continue reading

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10 things I have learnt about Berlin

It’s now coming up for three months since I moved to this captivating city, and considering I named my blog Berlingo to be able to write about both language (‘lingo’) things and about the city itself, I thought it was … Continue reading

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