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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 19. 76 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Top 5 Game

Started by susie silver in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 17. 14 Replies

Hi David Maybe its obvious to some but I'm not sure how to play and I also want to create a top 5 game as well. What is the point of it. There are always 5 answers. Do the students guess according to…Continue

Tags: 5, top

Use of L1 in the ESL classroom

Started by Evanthia Pogiatzi in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Sep 10. 4 Replies

Hi people, i'm doing a research on whether is good for English language teachers to use the L1 of the students or the target language (English) when teaching in the classroom. So i would really…Continue

Tags: teaching, methodology, language, l1

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 16. 80 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling




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Is This Valid Feedback?

Started May 30, 2012 0 Replies

Is feedback given after five minutes of classroom observation valid?I teach EFL in a Taiwanese primary school and my principal feels she can give me useful feedback about classroom activities based…Continue

Buddha, Dhamma, Sangha & Me

I Know - Almost Another Year's Gone By

Hello everyone, and thank you for your patience.

My year following the last post here (March 2016) has revolved around a number of elements:

  • having a gall bladder operation
  • having another operation in July for colon cancer
  • returning to Australia for chemotherapy treatment, which should be complete next month
All in all, not a situation conducive to posting on this site.

However, there have also been some small blessings:
  • I've spent many months back with my family
  • I've used some of the time to study the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh and to commence a mindfulness practice
  • I've made a few Plum Village sangha contacts locally
  • I've found a new teaching role starting in mid-March based in Bali, Indonesia.
Naturally, I'm hoping that this will be beneficial to my recovery, less stressful than some previous positions, and a location filled with opportunities to learn a new culture and experience life on another island.

Once I'm re-established there, I will do my best to keep adding interesting and informative posts. In the meantime, I'm including further photos on my "Buddha Images" page, based on my final months in Taiwan.

Blessings, and a lotus for you. Greg.

Fifty New Buddha Images

I'm pleased to share another 50 photographic images of the Buddha taken in Myanmar and more recently in Taiwan.
My personal favourite is this one. Please see all of them on the "Buddha Images" link above.

The Last Six Months

My apologies to those hoping to read many insights and articles on my blog.
The last six months have been busy for many of the wrong reasons, including illness and ultimately an operation last month to improve my health outlook. This seems to have been successful, so I hope to put it behind me and move forward.
This period was also a time when I reviewed carefully the direction I was moving in with my Buddhist practice, and ultimately this meant I have changed my plans - for the better, I believe.
I am now studying the teachings of the Vietnamese-born Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village tradition he began. I am joining a local sangha for support and encouragement, and I hope to visit the AIAB (Asian Institute of Applied Buddhism) in Hong Kong in July to attend a 4-day retreat and take the Five Mindfulness Trainings.
In the meantime, I have set up a meditation room and hope to make good use of it as I explore the practice further. I have also added links to blogs and websites of Plum Village.
To those reading this post, I wish you every blessing for the year 2016.

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Update: My Book Is Now Available on Kindle

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 12:54am 0 Comments

My book "Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching" has just been accepted onto the Amazon Kindle site. You can find it here: Kindle Link with a look inside and a free preview.

Principled Possibilities - Ideas for Teaching is a unique publication representing the summation of four years of graduate study, and my own experiences, discoveries, experiments and successes over eight years of teaching English language…


Back to Work in Taiwan

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 1:25am 1 Comment

Hi everyone. I know it's been a long time since I posted, so my apologies for that. Since 2012, I moved back home for a while, worked for James Cook University in Singapore, worked briefly for the British Council in an amazing project in remote Myanmar, and now I'm working at a small junior high school in Taiwan, one of my favourite countries.
With some luck, I'll post again and contribute some more resources soon.

35 Ways of Using Word Clouds in Language Teaching

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 10:56pm 0 Comments

I posted this originally on my own blog here:


There are many possibilities for using word clouds in language courses. I've listed around 35 of them here with a few hints on what to do.

- preview a presentation or a…


Moving from Taiwan to Australia

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 6:38am 0 Comments

Just a quick post to let you know I'm moving back to Australia in early July to take up an Assoc. Lecturer's position with the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba.

I will miss Taiwan, but it will be nice to spend a few years back close to my family and children. So, if I've been quiet lately (and for a bit longer) its to do with that big change. I hope you understand.

While I know I'll be working with online students in their EAP program, I don't have many other…


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Also wanted to say - Love the Look of this page!

At 11:32am on July 6, 2010, Susan Stephenson, the Book Chook said…
Welcome to EFL Classroom, Greg. I'm Susan, and an Aussie too.

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