Bingo! It’s an Easter lesson

This activity is based around playing a game of Bingo with your learners!  It is one of the many activities included in our Easter Lesson Pack and can be used as a one-hour lesson or even a café-style activity.   The Easter pack itself has enough resources and ideas for 2-3 hours so is well worth… Read more »

Understanding the Chinese Worldview – by David Baldwin

Scenario from 2019 Forum: Chinese worldview –     My non-Christian parents have always struggled with the fact that I am going into Christian ministry. On a recent family visit to an auntie’s house, the auntie mentioned that she’s practiced in Chinese numerology; fortune telling by birthdays. She offered to do me and before I could object my parents had already… Read more »

Tavid & Marcin’s Stories

Watch David tell Jonathan two very different stories of men who met Jesus through 2:19’s work and local churches reaching out to help immigrants.

Interacting with our Hindu friends – by Dan Strange

When witnessing to our Hindu neighbours we can feel inadequate and ill-equipped. How might we engage in a way that naturally leads to Jesus. Here are some steps we might work through: 1. Enter – We need to take time to listen carefully to their worldview and understand what’s going underneath. One particular issue I’ve… Read more »

Using Christmas carols in a lesson

Christmas carols are rich with narrative, cultural significance and timeless lyrics. Packed full of gospel truths, they are also an ideal tool for introducing our students to the most precious gift of all. Research has shown that music in general is a valuable tool for language teaching. Through song, we can build vocabulary, change the… Read more »

Hospitality and the Gospel Part 2 – by David

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the kitchen … Lessons from Hindus and Sikhs In yesterday’s Guardian was an article by Priya Basil, extolling the virtues of open hospitality and describing the all inclusive ‘communal kitchens’ that had blown her mind.[1] Sounds properly Christian, doesn’t it? But Priya Basil isn’t… Read more »

Uncover John – English for All edition

This week we spoke to Jo Ratcliff, who has been involved in developing Uncover John Seeker Bible Studies – English for All Edition. Her contribution was to help simplify the original Uncover John studies so that they can more easily be used with internationals. And Jo herself knows only too well the struggle to find… Read more »

Lessons with Laughter

Photocopiable Lessons for Different Levels by George Woolard. CENGAGE ELT; 1 Spi edition (1 Jan. 1996). 94 pages. ISBN-10: 1899396357 ISBN-13: 978-1899396351   Marina, could you tell us about this book and why it was written? This book was created to introduce British humour to English lessons. The author, George Woolard, is an experienced ELT… Read more »

Top tips for establishing an international café

These ideas are based on the experiences of an international café run by Christians from various churches in Reading who wanted to set up a café in a neutral venue, away from church buildings. We recognise this is just one model and there are other successful international cafes run in different ways. It has been… Read more »

Top tips for teaching beginners

Teaching beginners has been one of the great joys of my life. Walking alongside a new reader, a new speaker is an enormous privilege, watching the world expand, opportunities appear and confidence grow. One student, feeling emotional one day, said, “You have changed my life.” And I realised in this instance, it was not an… Read more »

10 steps to building and using a vision statement

Do you ever feel that as a team you’re not always exactly on the same page? Do you sometimes feel that your motivation is lacking and you forget why you’re doing what you’re doing in your English classes? Do you or your team have a habit of getting distracted and wonder if you’re ‘on track’?… Read more »