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The idea for this site came about while I was studying Linguistics & TEFL at university. I was increasingly frustrated by traditionalist approaches to language teaching that seemed to me to be staid, boring, inefficient & in many respects counter productive. Determined to find alternatives I was overjoyed to discover Suggestopedia, Accelerated Learning & other like minded individuals who were experimenting with different ideas.

I immediately set about refocusing my energy & my ideas in order to incorporate these concepts into my own teaching & into my various projects. The results proved to be very satisfactory & I decided that it would be a good idea to put them up on the web. Unfortunately I was about to finish my degree & lose access to the necessary technology. Onto the back burner.

On leaving university I started teaching in my first summer school, a wonderful experience that I heartily recommend to one & all, but at times insanely hectic with just NO time for planning & preparation. At which point I realised that what teachers really need from the web is pre-planned lessons that are easily accessible & download FAST. OK, all the other stuff that's out there can be real interesting & well worth a perusal when you have the time but when you've got 10 minutes before your next class & NO clue what to do you need A LESSON!

So I figured I could maybe cater to this need a little & yet do so from the AL perspective. Of course the result (nearly a year in the making - don't ask why, long story!) isn't quite what I had initially envisaged & surely other sites offer more in the way of tons of lessons fast (see my links page) but nonetheless there are some really great lessons here & furthermore the ideas behind them can be learnt & utilised over & over again.

As you can no doubt tell I have tried to use as few graphics as possible to speed up download times & in recognition of the fact that in my experience teachers want something useful, quickly.

This site recognises the gender neutral pronoun set: 


for the 3rd person singular in analogy to the 3rd person plural forms. However please bear with me as I am, as yet, far from used to using them. As such do feel free to point out any discrepancies. 

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