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Rachael Roberts - Learning vocabulary through reading

When I was first learning to teach, someone told me that students have to learn a word 9 times in order for it to really ‘stick’. I have no idea where that little gem came from, but I’m pretty sure someone made it up! Experience tells me that we grasp some items of vocabulary pretty quickly, while others slip through our fingers. There are probably various reasons for this: how much we ‘need’ the word, whether it is similar to a word in our own language or ‘makes sense’ to us in some way, how memorable the context was in which we learnt it and so on.

Average: 4.2 (16 votes)
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Headlines: Recycling vocabulary creatively

Review and recycling of new language items is critical if they stand a chance of becoming readily accessible in long-term memory. I would like to share here an activity I have found useful when revising vocabulary with my primary school young learners: Headlines.
 
Headlines is a thinking routine from the Visible Thinking approach (Harvard University). The basic idea is to help students capture the essence of a topic being studied. It can also involve them in reflecting and synthesizing as they identify this essence.
Average: 4.2 (5 votes)
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Tech or no tech?

I am a self-confessed techie teacher. My tablet can serve as my worksheets, my whiteboard and my DVD player. It can be my stereo, my flashcards and even my test paper. For me, this handy device is a facilitator of fun, innovative English lessons. On my blog I frequently sing the praises of the connected classroom.

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James Taylor: Integrating technology with pedagogy

"While much is written about integrating technology into the classroom, large parts of the world still do not have reliable internet connections, or no internet connection at all in their schools and classrooms. In which low or no-tech contexts would technology add value or further learning/language aims? How might it be integrated into learning and the classroom?"

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Sandy Millin: Advanced pronunciation

Pronunciation is just as important with higher-level classes as it is with lower ones, and often for the same reason: it is a key part of being able to understand fluent speech. I have regularly taught advanced students who are extremely competent speakers, have a very wide vocabulary and a good knowledge of grammatical structures, but who have trouble understanding when native speakers produce fast speech.

Average: 5 (3 votes)
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Vocabulary Learning

Vocabulary Learning.
Nina MK, Ph.D.
Vocabulary is always a very good topic for discussion. This time, I decided to approach it from a professional angle. How did I, an EL teacher, acquire such an extensive lexical stock? How is it that I can not only explain, but also produce whole dictionary entries for a great number of words in their multitude of meanings? In effect, I can try to answer two of my favourite questions about language learning and teaching.
1) How many years does one have to study a language to know it really well?

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Using Literature

Using literature
Nina MK, Ph.D.

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Is an internet connection really necessary in the classroom?

There is a lot to say when it comes to technology in ELT and we all know that the discussion will never end as to whether use technology in the classroom or leave it and stick to our own traditional methods.
Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
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January 2015

Hi everyone

Happy New Year to you all and apologies for the delay in getting the January topics up on the site! I hope you've all had a good break if you were on holiday and that 2015 is a great year.

The topics for January are below. Happy blogging!

Doing 'grammar'

Average: 2.5 (8 votes)
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Authentic Texts and the Efficient Method of Teaching

Authentic Texts and the Efficient Method of Teaching

Undoubtedly using the authentic texts in teaching languages has proved its efficiency as a means of conveying information to the language learners.Being keen on using authentic texts in my ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, I was able to attain gorgeous objectives in my method of teaching English and French to my English language and French language learners.

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)

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