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Articles on culture

Some say it's the fifth skill - find out why in our articles below.

Teacher stress, well-being and stress management - Taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your students

‘Our teacher is always stressed. All he does is shout, shout, shout. He needs to calm down, stop taking it out on us’

I often hear this comment from children who are having problems with school. Pupils in school are very aware of the mental and physical state of their teachers. They seem to recognise the importance of well-being and stress management in learning. Do we?

Sitcoms as a tool for ELT

English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or Myspace. Sitcoms are an excellent classroom resource for a number of reasons.

Storytelling to celebrate cultural diversity

Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely monocultural groups of students. In both cases, there is opportunity to celebrate diversity through the telling of traditional tales, whatever the age group and profile of our students.

Teenage angst

Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years ago on my own teenage years, 14 - 19.

The north-east of England

If you're interested in finding out more about the North East, why not listen to an interview with somebody from Sunderland, one of the major cities in the region. There is also an associated lesson plan for you to use with your students.

Building a lesson around a sitcom - culture article

Building a lesson around a sitcom

Like any piece of authentic material the possibilities for using a sitcom in the classroom are boundless.

Making culture happen in the English language classroom - culture article - guest writers

Making culture happen in the English language classroom

This is the second in a series of articles by our Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

Culture - the fifth language skill - culture article - guest writers

Culture - the fifth language skill

This is the first in a series of articles by our third Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

The north-east of England

If you're interested in finding out more about the North East, why not listen to an interview with somebody from Sunderland, one of the major cities in the region. There is also an associated lesson plan for you to use with your students.

Sitcoms as a tool for ELT

English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or Myspace. Sitcoms are an excellent classroom resource for a number of reasons.

Making culture happen in the English language classroom - culture article - guest writers

Making culture happen in the English language classroom

This is the second in a series of articles by our Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

Building a lesson around a sitcom - culture article

Building a lesson around a sitcom

Like any piece of authentic material the possibilities for using a sitcom in the classroom are boundless.

Teacher stress, well-being and stress management - Taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your students

‘Our teacher is always stressed. All he does is shout, shout, shout. He needs to calm down, stop taking it out on us’

I often hear this comment from children who are having problems with school. Pupils in school are very aware of the mental and physical state of their teachers. They seem to recognise the importance of well-being and stress management in learning. Do we?

Culture - the fifth language skill - culture article - guest writers

Culture - the fifth language skill

This is the first in a series of articles by our third Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

Teenage angst

Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years ago on my own teenage years, 14 - 19.

Storytelling to celebrate cultural diversity

Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely monocultural groups of students. In both cases, there is opportunity to celebrate diversity through the telling of traditional tales, whatever the age group and profile of our students.

Building a lesson around a sitcom - culture article

Building a lesson around a sitcom

Like any piece of authentic material the possibilities for using a sitcom in the classroom are boundless.

Culture - the fifth language skill - culture article - guest writers

Culture - the fifth language skill

This is the first in a series of articles by our third Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

Making culture happen in the English language classroom - culture article - guest writers

Making culture happen in the English language classroom

This is the second in a series of articles by our Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

Sitcoms as a tool for ELT

English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or Myspace. Sitcoms are an excellent classroom resource for a number of reasons.

Storytelling to celebrate cultural diversity

Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely monocultural groups of students. In both cases, there is opportunity to celebrate diversity through the telling of traditional tales, whatever the age group and profile of our students.

Teacher stress, well-being and stress management - Taking care of yourself so that you can take care of your students

‘Our teacher is always stressed. All he does is shout, shout, shout. He needs to calm down, stop taking it out on us’

I often hear this comment from children who are having problems with school. Pupils in school are very aware of the mental and physical state of their teachers. They seem to recognise the importance of well-being and stress management in learning. Do we?

Teenage angst

Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years ago on my own teenage years, 14 - 19.

The north-east of England

If you're interested in finding out more about the North East, why not listen to an interview with somebody from Sunderland, one of the major cities in the region. There is also an associated lesson plan for you to use with your students.

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mamalizie's picture mamalizie

What an interesting topic and how well you bring it to Life Barry.
I am very new to TEFL...
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oromero1's picture oromero1

I love this summary and the comment: "It involves understanding how to use language to accept...
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Anonymous's picture Rob L

Hi everyone

I hope you might find this link useful - it's to a blog entry by Carl Dowse...
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