Hong Kong Ready?

2:19 CEO, David Baldwin, has been ‘looking East’ and thinking about the latest wave of people ‘going West’ to settle in the communities around our local churches. “35,000 hongkongers apply to live in the UK under visa scheme” headlines a recent newspaper article.[1] Since the British National Overseas (BNO) scheme opened in January, ‘more than… Read more »

Take photos, write poems…

Are you looking for some fresh ideas for your learners after the summer? I recently had the opportunity to attend the NATECLA Online Conference 2021 and I would like to share some inspiring thoughts and ideas that came from one of the seminars. The seminar was called, Take photos, tell stories, write poems: participatory photography… Read more »

‘The Kitchen’ – an online lesson plan for lower level learners

Online Lesson Plan (Zoom) Topic: The Kitchen               Level: Beginners/Elementary   Preparing your learners and helpers before the lesson: Send Grammar sheet with question ‘What’s this?’ to learners by email or Whatsapp or upload to a virtual environment like google classroom/edmodo.  Ask learners to choose one kitchen item and find… Read more »


Do you like mysteries? Some people love them – some love setting them and others love solving them. Mysterion (μυστήριον – ‘mystery’) is used 28x in the New Testament and Paul accounts for 75% of these![1] Paul loves to talk about how amazing the gospel is and how nobody could ever have expected it. He… Read more »

Using Start to Speak – an interview with Frances

I have the weekly pleasure of working with Frances Forshaw coordinating and teaching at Bridges Argyle English Classes in Reading.  Over the past few months, on zoom of course, Frances has been teaching our lower level class and using 2:19’s new Start to Speak resource.  We had a chat about how it’s been going. Does… Read more »

Is right la!

Is it a bap/barm/bread roll/bun/bread cake/cob/muffin/batch or a teacake? Is this one a cuppa/a brew/builder’s tea or a simple cup of tea?  Do you have it at any time of the day or with your elevenses? Or with ‘afternoon tea’?  Oh, and while we’re about it, what’s a ‘cream tea’? So which words do you… Read more »

Comenius: Learning from an old master about play, practice and care in the language class

Devastating pandemics, tumultuous politics, vulnerable minorities, desperate refugees, and precarious education opportunities. This century could be said to have seen the world turned upside down. I am not talking about our own but the 17th century when kings were decapitated, traditional wisdom challenged, and societies transformed by new religious and intellectual ideas. It was a… Read more »

‘Who’s zoomin’ who?’ – Being a volunteer on zoom

We’ve all had a heck of a lot to get used to in the past year. Who knew that a pandemic could turn kitchen tables into school rooms, cause toilet roll anxiety, and bring a fresh understanding of Aretha Franklin’s hit ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’ And for our wonderful band of English conversation classes, up and… Read more »

The Christmas Name Game

What’s your name?  What does it mean? This is a great way to begin a class activity that leads into talking about Christmas and the names of Jesus at Christmastime. Everyone has a name.  Some people may know the meanings of their names.  Some cultures choose names specifically for their meanings.  Your discussion on names… Read more »