Luke – Teacher and Writer
I’m Luke. I teach English online, and I’m the writer of all the materials on this site. If you’re interested in doing online lessons with me, here’s the link.
I grew up in Northern Ireland, and studied at university in York and Cambridge (MPhil, 2005).
I’ve been in the English teaching industry since 2008, and have worked in ten countries including Japan, Austria and Andorra. I soon got interested in creating content and activities for use in the classroom, and I’ve had a lot of fun writing unique lessons ever since. As you can see from this site, I like to use current news, interesting videos and the kinds of thought-provoking questions that you don’t see in many coursebooks.
I spent 2016-2019 as Academic Co-ordinator for a company that sends teachers out from the United Kingdom to countries all over Europe and beyond. My role was to equip them with all the information and resources they would need, and a big part of that was updating old courses and writing new ones.
Ayah – Developer
I’m Ayah. I’ve been working in the educational games industry since 2011, including projects for companies such as Nickelodeon, Lexitoys and Odyssey Toys. I’ve always been interested in education and psychology and I’ve tutored kids in mathematics, electronics, Arabic and English. In my spare time I’ve also volunteered to help kids with learning difficulties and written and designed campaign materials to raise awareness of mental health.
I’m helping Luke to design and market this site and also giving him a kick up the backside when he gets lazy!
Hi! It’s Luke again, with an explanation of why I write on this site. There are four main reasons so far, although these may change over time:
- There’s a lot of space on the web for extended, open-source lesson content. It’s easy to find online grammar tests, worksheets and games, but high-quality lessons can take a lot more effort to track down. Also, many are paywalled.
- It’s a really good tool for my own development. By writing, I force myself to reflect on the things that I’ve learned through my various teaching and writing jobs. Looking back over my earlier lessons, I can see how I’ve got better at this, and it’s a great feeling!
- By writing here, I’m teaching my future self. It’s very easy to take some new idea on board and then let it get stale, grow bored of it and forget that it ever sparked joy in the classroom. Through this site, I hope to hold on to some good ideas so that I can reuse them later.
- Finally, it’s a way to connect with other people who care about high-quality English learning materials: not just students but teaching colleagues too. I enjoy having people read my work and incorporate it into their classrooms. If this means I eventually become a famous pedagogue who writes bestselling books and retires at 47, well, that’s a sacrifice I’m prepared to make!
I’d describe the method I use here as ‘input-led’: the lessons have mostly grown outwards from a text or video which caught my attention at some time. If I find myself thinking about the story or the issues it raises for a long time afterwards, the next stage is usually to ponder how I can turn it into a lesson plan. Once I’ve analysed the linguistic content of the text or video, I start to add questions, activities and tasks, always bearing in mind the need for students to learn some new nuggets of language.
All the lessons on this site are designed to be usable by groups or pairs of students. For that reason, instructions are incorporated into the pages of the lessons, and there are no separate notes for teachers.
We welcome any comments or constructive feedback on the contents of the site. If you’re a student, feel free to use the comment boxes to test out new vocabulary by writing example sentences.
An important note on copyright
All of the written content here is freely available to teachers and students for classroom use and you may freely download, store or print it: if you do any of these things, please make sure to include a note clearly acknowledging englishin3d.net as the owner of the material.
Please do not republish or paste any of our content elsewhere on the web without our permission. You are welcome to refer to or comment upon our material on your own website, on condition that you add a link to our site as well as a note clearly acknowledging it as our work.
Most of the photos and videos on this site are not ours and the rights belong to their respective owners.