Look, Listen & Learn

I think that one of the most difficult things with listening activities is actually making them interesting. I subscribe to the school that if you are not interested then you won’t be engaged, and if you are not engaged then you don’t learn. So I try to find things that are fun for my students to listen to, and because if it’s fun, it’s also interesting and will be engaging, so that students will learn and also remember! However, my preference is for a ‘visually’ assisted listening activity.

Average: 4 (8 votes)

Authentic Listening, Genuine Tasks

Receptive skills - in particular the art of processing listening texts - often hold an important position in curricula. This is probably due to the quite simple notion that the development of good listening skills, particularly dealing with unknown vocabulary and inferring meaning, needs to be dealt with within a controlled environment i.e. the classroom.

Average: 4.5 (13 votes)

Adam Simpson - Homework: Should we give it or not?

Homework… should we or shouldn’t we? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? Are we really helping our learners develop their language skills or are we merely complicating their lives? Here are my favourite four arguments for and against giving learners homework:

The case for #1: Class time isn’t enough and learners need extra practice

Average: 4.5 (19 votes)

The Last Lesson

Nina MK, Ph.D.
The last class falls into two distinct categories, one being the end of an academic year, and the other that of finishing school (university, college, refresher course). In my country, there are several traditions which are often observed on such occasions.

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Introducing Variety

Nina MK, Ph.D.

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Larry Ferlazzo: Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer

Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer

Our school year ended in mid-June and our District had little money for actual summer school. We used to have over one thousand of our students attending for at least six weeks — not because they were failing and had to retake classes, but because they wanted to get ahead. Now, we’re down to four classes for students who have failed a class and have to take it again. And there are no classes for English Language Learners.

Average: 3.8 (8 votes)

Sandy Millin: The big reveal

Read Sandy's latest blog post on the use of ELTPics images.

This photo would be great for practicing the language of speculation.

Average: 5 (5 votes)

Marry Me

Photo by Mike George | All rights reserved

Nina M.K., Ph.D.

Average: 4 (4 votes)

Waiting For The Plane

Nina MK, Ph.D.
Using pictures as props is part and parcel of our daily ELT life. Visual aids are indispensable for developing speaking and writing skills in learners of any age and level. All we need to do is plan carefully what, when, how many props we want to use.

Average: 5 (2 votes)


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