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      What kind of questions should you ask your learners about the texts they read? Read our writers' ideas below.

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      BritLit - 10 years in the making

      I can still remember the faces when I suggested a method of dealing with what most teachers of English considered one of their pet horrors, extended reading. The room was full of tired teachers, and many were quite cynical about the offer to work together to create a new and dynamic approach to the place of stories in the classroom.

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      Revisiting texts

      We often encourage our students to infer words from the context as they read and, as a result, they fail to notice useful lexis in the texts we use.

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      Using texts constructively: what are texts for?

      Text use may seem a dull topic after all the exciting matters that other guest writers have dealt with recently. 

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      Reading out loud

      As a teacher I had always perceived 'reading aloud' as a 'taboo' in the EFL classroom since it focuses specifically on a 'bottom-up' approach where learners can fall into traps of worrying about 100% comprehension or simply read aloud without understanding the text.

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      Teaching the tale: language and memory

      A feature that is common both to language teaching and to traditional folk and fairy tales is the repetition of phrases or ‘language chunks’. 

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      Using texts constructively 2: intensive input-output work

      This is the second of Michael Swan's articles for TeachingEnglish, in which he looks at the role of texts in the learning process.

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      Using news articles

      Topical news stories are a great source of teaching material. 

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      Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us.

      In this, the first of two articles for TeachingEnglish, Alan Maley considers the benefits extensive reading can bring to English language learners and teachers.

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      Techniques for form focus after reading

      In my earlier articles Reading for informationForm focus and recycling, and Techniques for Priming and recycling, I set out a four stage cycle for teaching reading:

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      Theories of reading 2

      This article is the second of two parts.

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      Producing your own grammar activities

      There are many ways of revising and consolidating grammar, but I've found it's often useful to give students short passages containing grammar mistakes which are characteristic of the student's level, nationality, and what the teacher may have identified as areas of particular strength or weakness.

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      Teaching the tale: language and memory

      A feature that is common both to language teaching and to traditional folk and fairy tales is the repetition of phrases or ‘language chunks’. 

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      Theories of reading

      This article is in two parts. 

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      BritLit - 10 years in the making

      I can still remember the faces when I suggested a method of dealing with what most teachers of English considered one of their pet horrors, extended reading. The room was full of tired teachers, and many were quite cynical about the offer to work together to create a new and dynamic approach to the place of stories in the classroom.

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      Designing a WWW reading task

      The world wide web offers a myriad of opportunities for authentic English reading texts.

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      Extensive reading

      In general, students learning to read in English do not like reading and they rarely read. This is partly due to the way reading is approached in the language class.

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      Extensive reading: why it is good for our students… and for us.

      In this, the first of two articles for TeachingEnglish, Alan Maley considers the benefits extensive reading can bring to English language learners and teachers.

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      Form focus and recycling: getting grammar

      In my last article, Reading for Information: Motivating learners to read efficiently, I referred to four stages in a task-based reading lesson:

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      Azerbaijan

      Reading is a way of learning. I think it is always useful and interesting. Children like to read...
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      Doniyor211
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      One of the main aspects of teaching language is to prepare and give interesting, useful and...
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      Madino4ka
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