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Katherine Bilsborough - Taking the stress out of homework: 5 tips and 5 tasks

Homework can be stressful – for the students who are often over-burdened, for the teachers who are already up to their necks in marking, and for the parents of young learners, constantly fighting (and losing) homework battles with their children. Nobody can agree on what’s right when it comes to homework. It is impossible to please everyone. Adam Simpson shares his four favourite arguments for and against giving homework in his blog post this month.

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Ceri Jones - Taking stock

Whether it's at the end of the school year, at the end of term, or just when you feel like taking stock, here's an idea for using images to review what you've done and look forward to what might come next.

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Homework: To be or not to be

HOMEWORK: TO BE OR NOT TO BE.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
When I read Adam Simpson’s post on Homework, I felt like he had said all there was to say on the subject. It is extremely gratifying to see that somebody else has thoughts and ideas similar to your own!

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The 7-step Listening Challenge

 How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ?

A learner training moment of reflection on how to take responsibility for their language acquisition.

 

Quiz me

 

*Do you need to train your ears for the different accents and pronunciation out there?

Average: 3.8 (6 votes)
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Sandy Millin: Micro-dictations

Phonemic chart

Back in November, my pre-intermediate students were listening to a coursebook text. There was an Irish speaker telling a story about his aunt and uncle’s holiday, and most of the students had no idea what he was saying. It wasn’t just his accent that was difficult for them. He spoke too quickly, and his use of connected speech was something they hadn’t really encountered before, or if they had, they hadn’t been taught how to deal with it.

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Listening Skills Development

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LISTENING SKILLS DEVELOPMENT.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
When dealing with children, it is useful to remember that listening and hearing are two very different skills.

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LISTENING AND HEARING

LISTENING AND HEARING.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
When dealing with children, it is useful to remember that listening and hearing are two very different skills.

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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.

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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.

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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

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