Guardian Weekly’s Learning English

Guardian Weekly

Between 2000 to 2005 I was a regular columnist for The Guardian Weekly’s Learning English. A few of those articles still exist online with one or two old ones still at other sites….

Business is ready…

A ten-year old’s dark side

Giving instructions

Child friendly teaching

We have the technology

The culture of ordinariness

Grammar Time!

Error correction

Classroom observation

Finding a mentor

Lessons in your rucksack

Surviving your first lesson

Financial vocabulary

New grammar course launched

The truth about teaching business English

Fall of the native speaker

7 replies

  1. Dear John
    My name is Stephen Shine and I attended a recent presentation you gave in Dublin. It was really informative and I’ve used many of your techniques in the classroom to great success. I’m just wondering if I could ask you for 2 video links. One is the Butler Training School link and the other is Modern Times link with Charlie Chaplin. It would be a great help.
    Our school, the Galway Cultural Institute received your book in the post today and I have passed it onto management. It got a great reaction from the staff.

    • Hi Stephen
      Thanks for your interest. I’m afraid there isn’t a link to Butler School. It’s on the DVD at the back of Life Pre-Intermediate (Unit 7) Did you get a copy of it? The Chaplin extract is from the first part of the film Modern Times. I downloaded the movie on iTunes but the opening section is also on YouTube if you type in Chaplin Modern Times. Let me know which level of Life you received in the post today.

  2. Hi John,
    Thanks a million for the reply. I received a copy of LIFE Upper Int in the post. Great book. I’m making a presentation to the school tomorrow on your talk in Dublin and will be sharing the book with everyone for feedback. I’ll be showing video from your lesson also.
    Thanks John, much appreciated, ill let you know how t goes

  3. Hi John
    Its the Galway Cultural Institute in Salthill.

  4. Dear John,
    I attended a seminar you gave in Devon a couple of months ago about teaching reading to teenagers. I have decided to pursue the topic for a diploma research project and wondered if you could point me in the direction of any journal articles or the like on the subject.
    Thanks a lot

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