That Morning Coffee

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How to Effectively Check for Understanding

We all were students once and we all know what it feels like to worry over what your teacher and classmates think of you. Example: Your teacher stands in front of the class and starts explaining the lesson to you. You do your hardest to keep up. Then when the teacher is finally done explaining, you find

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Bouncing Back


I would like to start this post with a quotation from the movie Forrest Gump, where Forrest in the beginning of the movie says “Life is like a box of chocolate; you never know what you’re gonna get.” With the beginning of 2011, I thought that I would be kept busy all the time by this website and that I would neglect everything else; I stand corrected. Unfortunately, the break from this website that I thought would last only a couple of weeks turned into 3+ months.

Anyways, keeping the excuses aside, I am here to announce that the website will be up and running again on irregular basis starting this week and that articles will be published here whenever time allows. This way, I give no promises and you can stop pointing fingers whenever you see me in the street. I have been researching and reading about teaching techniques a lot recently and I have come across some very interesting things which I cannot wait to tell you about.

That being said, I hope you guys visit That Morning Coffee more often and leave a comment if you like what you read.

Coming up

The Why’s and How’s of Groupwork and Pairwork

Perhaps one of the most important and useful skills in TEFL is grouping. If done correctly, it can do you wonders, and both your students and you will enjoy more fun and more constructive lessons.

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First Day’s To-Remember List

Leaving a good first impression is pretty much the only thing that both the teacher and the students think about before entering the classroom. It is after all what sets the tone and determines how well they will do in the coming days of the course. Here are some ways that can guarantee a friendly encounter, a good impression, and promise a smooth and relaxed environment to teach in.

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In the past, I used to find it difficult to finish the assigned curriculum, do a bunch of quizzes, have extracurricular activities, play games, watch a movie or listen to songs within the time given to each course. Of course back then I did not know what I know right now, and now I find the time to do all those things and more. Moreover, my students have fun all the time, and they are thankful for being given the chance to practice. All thanks to the Communicative Approach.

Obviously, many are the methods followed nowadays in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), but one remains Read more…

Go Spontaneity!

Planning beforehand for everything has been for long a theme for me, but I think now is a good time to change. After several unlucky attempts to build a website and bring it up to light, I decided to give spontaneity a go. Right now, I’m going with the first idea that popped into my head: Sharing what I know about TEFL with my teacher friends. And so, I write the last lines of this post in hope that you find the coming posts about what I’ve learned so far about TEFL useful. Also, please feel free to leave any comments you may have or send an email to alve8008[at]