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Graham Burton


I've been working in English Language Teaching since 2000, when a notice board labelled 'TEFL' outside a seminar room at university caught my eye (I was a linguistics undergraduate at the time). Once I'd found out what the acronym meant, I knew it was something I wanted to become involved with. Within six months I'd done the Cambridge CELTA during the university summer vacation and I haven't looked back since.

I've worked in a number of different roles, including teacher, teacher trainer, lecturer, materials writer and editor. I currently live in northern Italy, and teach at the University of Bozen-Bolzano. I have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and I'm currently carrying out PhD research into the teaching of grammar.

My top tip for using Personal Best is……

Give students a text and ask them to read it. Set a time limit which is achievable but will force them to read reasonably quickly. Then take the text away and ask them to work in pairs and talk about what they read. They might summarise the whole text, give a personal reaction to it or talk about the parts that most interest them. It’s a great way of getting them to reuse the grammar and vocabulary.


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