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Date of Posting: 11 February 2012
Posted By: hasibullah shams

iam really enjoyed your teaching and daily updating. Iam benefit alots and I wish you good luck. Ajing


Date of Posting: 05 February 2012
Posted By: Ajing D Kon

Hello' Thanks for everything. Looking forward to many more such interesting activities / ides for class room. Your ides make learning / teaching a happy experience.


Date of Posting: 25 December 2011
Posted By: Lavanya Sivapurapu

" You know Chris this is my specialization and I believe I could learn more with you. Upon reading your e-mails I will keep you posted of what more I could share.


Date of Posting: 29 November 2011
Posted By: Wenifreda Frondoza

Hello Chris! Thank you very much! I am sure I'm going to be satisfied. Best regards from Morocco Yours sincerely,


Date of Posting: 26 October 2011
Posted By: RAMADAN Haddad

Thanks. Great resource for those who are ESL teachers and need to motivate students.


Date of Posting: 07 October 2011
Posted By: mag fornari

Mr. Chris tips is very contemporary.If Anybody follows such type of tips continuously I think whoever will be able to skill in English language.Thanks a lot.


Date of Posting: 07 October 2011
Posted By: Ziaur Rahman
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thank you so much for the advice. "Better Language Teaching" has been a huge help for me and my students.


Date of Posting: 05 October 2011
Posted By: Lester Skinner

Hola! Just wanted to tell you about a great experience I had with my class. I used the ideas from the chapter on groups and all of my students could practice and have fun. Thank you!


Date of Posting: 24 August 2011
Posted By: Cheryl Burns

Hello! Last week I taught a business class and was really impressed with the changes. The students were more talkative and it was an awesome experience! It was the best class I've had so far.


Date of Posting: 19 August 2011
Posted By: Steve Andrews

Very thorough resource. I've come back to re-read it again and again. Thank you for putting this together.


Date of Posting: 14 August 2011
Posted By: Kevin Clagin

Hi Chris I love everything you prepare for us.I love reading your emails too.it really helps me . Really your action has improved our levels. Thank you!


Date of Posting: 02 August 2011
Posted By: fahimeh hosseini

Thanks, Chris. I really wish I had this resource when I started teaching in Korea. My job would have been so much easier.


Date of Posting: 20 July 2011
Posted By: Kelly Goldman

Hello! My name is Ajamu. Just recently recently found your site and book. Very interesting, convenient and useful.


Date of Posting: 12 July 2011
Posted By: Ajamu Jordan

hi dear chris I thank you for your perfect advice and your tips,I am an English teacher for 4 years and i mostly tought teens and very young learners.and also i am writing a research paper about warm up and your mini-course helped me a lot.i appreciate your nice tips.i wanted to be connected to you and send you emails and take your advice directly.i really like to be in touch with you.if i can please send me an email. again i thank you my dear teacher.


Date of Posting: 24 June 2011
Posted By: fahime nikfarjam

Thank you Chris. Thank you for all your good advices and ideas which you share to all teachers. I hope I'll get more meaningful ideas from you.


Date of Posting: 10 May 2011
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Date of Posting: 30 April 2011
Posted By: Simon defoe

I needed the book to improve my language, be able to teach and have an excellent teaching skills in the language.


Date of Posting: 25 April 2011
Posted By: Malik Malik
Sana'a, Yemen

Hi, It's great, and really helpful in my teaching. I do appreciate what you've done for us English teachers! All the best!


Date of Posting: 22 March 2011
Posted By: Qi Wang
Lanzhou, Gansu, China

I'm glad you put this resource together because my lessons are so much better. I was struggling with how to structure my lessons, and the two chapters on lesson structure were best. But all of the information really showed me my mistakes and weak points, and the advice you give was perfect. Thank you!


Date of Posting: 18 February 2011
Posted By: Alexa Matthews

Hi, Chris, very glad to know your excellent website. I've greatly benefited from it. Thank you. Norris Shanghai, China


Date of Posting: 08 November 2010
Posted By: Liu Norris
Shanghai China

This is a fantasic and useful tool, thank you for the help provided!


Date of Posting: 29 October 2010
Posted By: Grace Smith

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Date of Posting: 28 October 2010
Posted By: Ajing D Ajing Kuac
South Africa Pretoria

My English teacher offered this site to me. Your site has helped me improve. Thank you!


Date of Posting: 10 October 2010
Posted By: Nuray Elam

This site and materials would be a great help for teachers like me. We always have to strive to improve and i think this site will help me a lot.


Date of Posting: 14 August 2010
Posted By: teri balabag

Thank you very much! I am sure I am going to be satisfied...
Best regards from Serbia
Yours sincerely,


Date of Posting: 22 May 2010
Posted By: Vesna Maksimovic
Serbia, Europe

'Better Language Teaching' is very useful to me, as I am currently studying English Education. There have not been many ELT books where I can get practical English teaching tips. I think this book is very useful especially to students who are training to be future English teachers, as public or private high / middle schools in Korea have adopted practical teaching rehearsal as a mandatory test to assess teachers' real teaching skills. But I also believe this books will be valuable source of great tips for current English teachers & other ELT professionals!


Date of Posting: 11 February 2010
Posted By: Sunyoung Cho

Dear Chris,

Thanks for your efforts towards us as teachers first, and also from the students too.

When I teach my class, I always take your advice. Really your action has improved our levels. Thank you!


Date of Posting: 31 January 2010
Posted By: labiad sidi bachir
c/ antonio moya 24 -1-4

Dear Chris

Your material is updated and so great, it really helps me teaching my kids more than what other textbooks have to offer. Thanks !!!! And what I love the most is that English for Specific purposes can be easy for students with different levels of English. You are a life saver.


Date of Posting: 29 January 2010
Posted By: Rebeca Araya
Costa Rica

Hi Chris,

Not only is your e-mail newsletter timely and helpful, you go out of your way to answer my e-mails and help me with any electronic downloads I have had. Thank you for ALL your help!


Date of Posting: 28 January 2010
Posted By: Linda Whitelock

Hi Chris...

Your tips are of great help for us. I use them with my teachers since I work as an inspector of English in middle or intermediate schools. They are amazing, helpful and good for our teachers as well as for our kids...

Thank you very much indeed.


Date of Posting: 27 January 2010
Posted By: Mustapha Menar
Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria

Thank you for the great materials. I'm a teacher of English from Indonesia. I've collected all of the materials that you have sent.


Date of Posting: 27 January 2010
Posted By: Vincentius Triwinarto

When I`m going to teach a new theme I think how to teach it but I always remeber your ideas. They are helpful and I recomend Better Language Teaching to the higher level student. Listening, reading, and getting your students working in a fun way.


Date of Posting: 26 January 2010
Posted By: Silvia Fink

Chris, Thank you for sharing so many ideas in Better Language Teaching. Your wealth of experience, knowledge and passion for this field comes through in every part of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in re-igniting their enthusiasm for ESL teaching, anyone starting out in the field or anyone that wants to better the classroom experience for their students.

Thanks again Chris!


Date of Posting: 26 January 2010
Posted By: Shonah Kennedy

I have found the newsletter very interesting as I have taught in schools in three countries in southern Africa and for the 12 years, prior to settling in the UK, I presented Plain Language in public seminars, and training sessions to government and commerce where there were many delegates for whom English was not their home language. I conducted one-on-one spoken English to business people in South Africa, and to German students and professionals, spending 3 months in Berlin training a couple in business English. At present I am hoping to start training again, so your tips are most useful, Chris.


Date of Posting: 25 January 2010
Posted By: Shirley Robbins
Rusper West Sussex

Thanks Chris for sharing your ideas with us. I love reading your emails and I've used your ideas in my classroom. Both the novice and the experienced teacher will benefit from your hard work.


Date of Posting: 25 January 2010
Posted By: Ann Selvadurai
Perth, Australia

Dear Chris,

Your teaching tips are interesting and useful. I'm sure they can help me in improving the language skills of my students here in Oman. Thanks for providing well-organised and innovative ideas.


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: Deepali Bhatnagar
Sultanate of Oman

I teach an advanced level English class at a public adult school, and my students enjoy all of the activities from the Chris's website, Heads Up English. We often use the news articles, and I love the way the vocabulary is practiced in various ways throughout the lesson, and also the chance to practice all four major skills. I have also used some of the mini-lessons and the skill builders, which are very well done.

Better Language Teaching is filled with helpful insights, too. This is my tenth year teaching English, but I still find inspiration in the materials developed by Chris.

Thank you so much for this amazing service!


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: Rebecca Dharlingue
Castro Valley Adult School, Castro Valley, CA, USA

I'm settling down in Spain and, having taught English in my home country (Malta) for a couple of summers, I found that teaching English is a good job opportunity in this country. So I suddenly found myself a freelance teacher, giving private lessons, mostly one-to-one, and mostly conversation. A few of my one-to-one students are PhD students who need to improve their spoken English, so it's quite challenging to prepare classes for them and having no resources except the internet!

I just wanted to say: Many, many thanks for putting your resources online.


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: istivan Spiteri

Hi Chris!! My name is Maritza, I am from Nicaragua and let me tell you that you have given me a lot of ideas how to teach in my classes. Every last Friday of the month teachers in Nicaragua have workshops. I always talk about your materials and I share your ideas with them. Teachers are very grateful because they have put them in practice with their students, and they have learnt a lot about motivation. The activities are very varied and well organized.

I appreciate your time for helping me with your great ideas. Even in my country we don't have materials neither books, and I am trying to do the best for my students.

Thanks a lot!


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: Maritza Perez

I just wanted to send you a quick message to say that your newsletter is excellent. I always make sure I take the two minutes to read it and then it just naturally floats in my head all day, percolating new ideas. Thanks for the great tips!


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: Brent R.
Tokyo, Japan

I love everything you prepare for us; all the material is very useful for me:

  • The excellent step-by-step lesson procedures help me carry out the activities,(although I sometimes change the order of the overall procedures and adapt it to my teaching style).
  • Activities are varied, well organized, balanced and appropriate. They help me to improve my teaching performance.
  • The themes for speaking are very useful for my students.
Thank you very much!!!


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: Magda Zipperlen

Hello, my name is Fatima Lode. I am a teacher here in Italy teaching school as well as business English. Personally I think your material is great. It's very interesting and extremely helpful.

Thank you. You are doing a great job!


Date of Posting: 24 January 2010
Posted By: Fatima Lode

I would like to tell you about the information you send me in the Newsletter. That´s very pleasant for me, because I have inspiration for my classes. I´m from the Czech Republic and I studied teaching English at the pedagogical University in Brno. We had nice methodology seminars, but that´s ten years ago and I have to say that I can´t remember all the tips and ideas now. So that´s very good for me to be able to read your teaching tips, because many times it reminds me on some other activities that I´ve forgotten. I think I´m quite a creative teacher and I like fresh English lessons, not just full of routine work, grammar and vocabulary structures, but filled with new activities that like not only my pupils but also me.

So, I would like to say thank you for all your tips and ideas, they are very well to use and to modify to other situation, too:-)

Have a nice day!


Date of Posting: 22 January 2010
Posted By: Vanda Habermannová
Czech Republic

I have been using Conversations in the Classroom at the intermediate level for over a year. The topics enable great conversations and I notice the students' language improves when they express opinions and emotions. Chris' topics are interesting and topical and relevant to my students. I am very grateful to be able to use lessons prepared by Chris.

My students and I benefit greatly.


Date of Posting: 21 January 2010
Posted By: Mary Kingsbury
Melbourne, Australia

I don't think any words can reward your great ideas, strategies, tactics, techniques. You've paved the way to have stress-free classes that can practise real life situations and process the language naturally.


Date of Posting: 21 January 2010
Posted By: Bosbos Bosbos

Every week I await your email with the newsletter and tips for teaching. In the year I have been subscribed to your newsletter, I have found your advice and tips for teaching invaluable for my development as a newly qualified teacher. I also find your Conversations in the Classroom an excellent resource as a print-and-teach resource and I have used it over and over again.


Date of Posting: 20 January 2010
Posted By: Suzanne Barlow

Hi Chris, I'd like to say that your website is extremely useful. I particularly like 'Better Language Teaching' and recommend this and the website as a whole to my CELTA trainees because sound teaching ideas are presented. These are not only useful to new teachers, but also to those who are experienced.


Date of Posting: 20 January 2010
Posted By: Richard Chinn
Brasshouse Language Centre, UK

I have stored all your emails and often look through them for ideas and activities on how to best get my students talking in pairs or groups while having fun. I have learned a lot about motivating my students not only to practice the target language of the lesson but also to help them create language of their own.

Thank you very much for your support. Please continue your good work in 2010.

Congratulations and all the best.


Date of Posting: 20 January 2010
Posted By: Frankie Daglis
Seoul, South Korea

This is a fantastic resource for new and experienced teachers alike. Chris takes you through lesson planning stage by stage in his unique style. He gets you to stop and think about what you want to achieve in a lesson; and shows you how you can most effectively involve your students in that objective. He provides adaptable activities for each stage (and all levels), to help reinforce your lesson objective. His approach is strongly student -centred; so be prepared to challenge your own Teacher Talk Time and time management skills. This is a refreshing, clear and highly usable approach to ESL teaching. Best of all it gets your students doing the learning/work in a fun and engaging way.

This e-book has become my bible.


Date of Posting: 20 January 2010
Posted By: Skye Forest

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