6 uses for Cuisinaire Rods in language teaching

I remember in my first year of teaching I came across this box full of bizarre coloured sticks in the modern language department’s┬ádump storeroom. My head of department informed me that they were ‘Cuisinaire Rods’. Great… wait… what? Cuisinaire? Being a French teacher I heard ‘cuisine’ and immediately started wondering what their culinary use could…

10 First Week Activities to Avoid a Year of Headaches

The first week of term usually flies by in a haze of reunions, new experiences and high emotions, and it can be easy to overlook how implementing a few simple procedures can make the rest of the academic year a breeze. Here are a few things to consider:    1. Set up a supply corner…

10 Alternatives to Gap-Fills with Songs

Music is a foolproof way to motivate learners of any age. However, it is easy to fall into the old rut of preparing a gap-fill activity to accompany the latest chart topper. Here are some suggestions for alternatives to keep your lessons changing with the charts:   1. Play Musical Bingo Dictate or write a…