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Teaching House Nomads Blog | April 16, 2021

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About Kate Bailward

Kate Bailward

Kate started teaching ESL in 2009, after giving up her career as an actor. She was originally headed for Argentina, but instead ended up in Puglia, southern Italy, with no friends, no idea how to speak Italian and only a hazy clue of how to teach. Four years later – and now in Sicily – she has many Italian friends, lots of teaching experience and a blog: Driving Like a Maniac.

Posts By Kate Bailward

“Fruit Salad,” the Game: How to Create Chaos in the Classroom

March 11, 2014 | 4

Today, I’d like to talk about Fruit Salad. Not the food, but the game. For those of you who were never drama students, Fruit Salad is a game similar to musical chairs: easy to set up, simple to execute and fantastic fun.

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An Italian Classroom Controversy

January 16, 2014 | 3

When I lived in Puglia, Italy, in my first year as an EFL teacher, I used to have a twice-weekly class with a group of five 15- to 18-year-olds. They were one of my most entertaining groups, and I used to enjoy the lessons to no end. However, when it came to teaching them anything, they were experts at diverting to the subjects that they wanted to talk about, rather than the things that I thought we should have been covering. To show you what I mean, take a seat in the back of my classroom and let’s play a little game of “Spot the moment of no return for Kate.”

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