About me

Hi, I’m Pete. I currently teach EFL/EAL in Bangkok. I also write/edit teaching materials for various publishers.

This blog is a collection of teaching tips, reviews, reflections and bad puns. Apologies in advance for the bad puns.

Thanks for visiting! You can also follow me on my Twitter account: @eltplanning


Views are my own and don’t reflect those of my employer(s). 


Articles (Click here to view most of my articles):

I’ve started to make a few contributions to teaching magazines:

Errors under the spotlight‘. English Teaching Professional, 99, July 2015

How learning a language is refreshing my teaching skills ‘ EFL Magazine, October 2015

Making a Google guide ‘. English Teaching Professional, 101, November 2015

Analysing placement tests’  EFL Magazine, March 2016

‘Analysing placement tests’. The Teacher (Poland), March 2016

I blog, therefore I am‘. English Teaching Professional, 104, May 2016

Review of Text Chat Activities by Mark Oliver. International House Journal, Issue 40 (July 2016)

Anyone for Quircling?’ English Teaching Professional, 106, September 2016 (with Sarah Smith)

Editing in-house materials‘. Modern English Teacher, Issue 25/4. October 2016

Teaching Teens‘. English Teaching Professional, 107, November 2016 (with Martin Sketchley and Emma Paul)

‘Some thoughts on authenticity’. The Teacher (Poland), December 2016

Using Quizlet to engage teens‘. Modern English Teacher, April 2018

Linking up with the profession‘. English Teaching Professional, March 2019



    1. Hi Pete,

      I am working in Saudi Arabia and really like your website. I am currently working in a teacher training capacity, I use some CELTA recommended books for teaching techniques. However, I would like to discuss with you some training techniques that can be use in this country.


      1. Hi Katrina, thanks for getting in touch. I can try and answer any questions you have – I recommend getting in touch through the comments tab.
        Some things I should point out though. Firstly, I am not a teacher trainer, and have never worked in a teacher training capacity. You’re likely to be more informed than I am! Secondly, I’ve never worked in Saudi Arabia, so my knowledge would be pretty limited there too. I recommend getting in touch with this guy http://markrpayne.blogspot.com/ He has 4 years teaching experience in Saudi Arabia and is just completing a DELTA.


  1. Hi Pete,
    I’ve just discovered and have been really enjoying your blog (while i should have been writing a lesson plan! Oops…at least it has left me feeling motivated!) I was wondering if you could provide some tips on how to use Cuisenaire rods in different ways, seeing as they are your header image. I’m thinking of buying some because they just look so neat, but what activities can I incorporate them into? And do students enjoy using them?

    Thanks for such a great resource for new teachers such as myself!


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  2. “Naively I expected to develop a network of like-minded collaborative teachers around the world who I could bounce ideas off” Recognise this? It’s the exact reason I started to blog although I’m still a newby compared to you. A lot of what you discuss in your ETP article rang true for me as I try to find my voice and pin down my blog’s purpose, so I just thought I’d drop by and say a little “hello” and and a thank you, and interact!

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    1. ha! Thanks so much for reading the article and for commenting! Your blog looks great, so much to get through on there, disappointed I’ve only just found it. Why don’t you write a follow-up to my article and send it to ETpro?!


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