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Articles on resources

Read about ideas for using all sorts of resources in your classes, from paper and glue to video.

English at your students' fingertips

What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that students need to immerse themselves in the language: listen to lots of English, frequently revise vocabulary, study the language and understand how the grammar affects meaning.

Using music to motivate and engage teenage learners: The story of the Jean Monnet Broons Cup Song project

Like many good stories, the story of our Cup Song starts with a little something which gradually increases and gets much bigger than expected.

Ben Goldstein - A history of video in ELT

Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History of Video in ELT, given at the Image conference – came about as a way to trace the changing role of video in the language classroom.

English clubs

English clubs come in many different guises. What they do all have in common, however, is that they provide an opportunity for English language learners to practise using English in a relaxed and friendly setting. They can make an excellent contribution to student life at a university language centre, a state school or at a private language school, for example. English clubs give students a chance to practice English in a relaxed, informal environment, and to meet new people.

Jamie Keddie - Visual literacy in ELT

They say that every picture tells a story. They are completely wrong. The idea that an image can be conveniently associated with a single narrative contradicts everything that we know about language, semantics, art, philosophy and human beings.

Short and sweet: Using short films to promote creativity and communication

We are now living in the age of the moving image. The advent of the digital revolution and the Internet, the proliferation of mobile devices, which allow us to easily and proficiently capture moving images; the introduction of inexpensive, accessible and user-friendly editing tools; and the emergence of distribution sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, have changed the way moving images relate to society, education and language learning forever.

Stories waiting to be told

The power of an image often doesn’t lie in the image itself, but in its ability to trigger images and stories in the minds of our students and create a need and a desire to communicate. There are three types of images that I find particularly powerful as teaching tools.

Teenagers and literature

Why use literature with teens?
Using stories and poems for language learning provides an opportunity to introduce students to a whole culture. What better way to find out about a country or English –speaking countries and challenge the stereotypes portrayed in many coursebooks? We can give students this essential background to their language learning while improving their extensive reading and language skills at the same time.

Online video for ELT

In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

Teaching without a coursebook

Whether you're starting with a new class or just changing direction a little the decision of how to structure a course without a coursebook can sometimes be difficult for a new or even experienced teacher.

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Teenagers and literature

Why use literature with teens?
Using stories and poems for language learning provides an opportunity to introduce students to a whole culture. What better way to find out about a country or English –speaking countries and challenge the stereotypes portrayed in many coursebooks? We can give students this essential background to their language learning while improving their extensive reading and language skills at the same time.

Using Social Media in the Classroom

I’m a big fan of social media. Facebook, Twitter, blogging platforms and other ‘web 2.0’ sites offer users the ability to publish their thoughts and exchange ideas with a global audience.

Low-tech learners - resources article

Low-tech learners

Many teachers who have tried to take an English class onto the internet have often come back with a similar problem - students who are reluctant to work on computers.

Managers and management training

Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an organisation but are frequently taken up by teachers selected/promoted from within the organisation’s current staff.

ICT, vocabulary and motivation - resources article

ICT, vocabulary and motivation

These days, using information and computer technology (ICT) really motivates students. This article looks at practical examples that encourage students to develop independent learning strategies, principally in the study of vocabulary, but also for presentations and report writing. 

Personal Learning Networks

Here is Gavin Dudeney's second exclusive article for TeachingEnglish.

Picture books for all

Can I hear you tutting? "Picturebooks for all? But aren't picturebooks for babies and small children?"

There are some wonderful examples of picturebooks, often in board book format, which are specifically for babies and small children, but picturebooks are not just for babies.

Counselling learners

There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners.

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