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  • Here are some reasons why students’ attention may wander and ways to keep your classes on track.
  • The language is graded for vocabulary, complexity of grammar structures and also by the number of words. They are made to cater for all levels from beginners through to advanced.  Many schools use graded readers so find out if your school has some....
  • Here are a few short activities for your last month or weeks with them.Keep in mind that: We need to take responsibility for what the students have learned from us and with us.Students also need some type of conclusion to their work with us and this...
  • The following activities add a lighter touch whilst tapping into students' interests and sense of fun. The key is to choose subject matter in tune with the students in your classes.Just a minuteEach contestant is given a topic and must talk for one...
  • Here are some tips to: Shift the task focus from you talking to them (they have to talk to each other) Give them control of their own discussion Give them practice in formulating their opinions within a controlled framework.Discussion envelopes
  • You can deal with the following aspects:HistoryThe religious background and/or specific background to the customs associated with the festival e.g. St Nicholas, the use of Carols or the introduction of the Christmas Tree or card giving in the UK.
  • You can bring whole magazines to class to stimulate interest in British culture, to introduce the topic of media and language or just to help students get to grips with handling a whole publication in English. If possible, it's good to use copies of...
  • These techniques: Encourage creativity of thought Appeal to reluctant speakers Appeal to the more ‘physical’ learner Reinforce understanding of language as a way to communicate meaning Words with mime and movement (all levels)This is an activity to...
  • Where do you start? How do you choose a topic? Which order do you do the tasks in? What if you run out of time? What if you run out of materials? Ah! So many things to think about! In this tip I aim to answer these questions and give you some ideas...
  • In these cases it’s important to remember that all students will get something out of the class, but not necessarily the same things, and not necessarily what you aim to teach them! For example, the beginners may begin to get a grasp of your...
  • Songs sung in English are listened to around the world and students can often feel real progress in their level of English when they can begin to sing along to the chorus or even just to be able to separate what at first seemed to be a constant...
  • Even experienced teachers often feel nervous on day one with a new group and many claim that the adrenaline actually helps the class go well. So, don’t panic if you feel a few butterflies in your stomach. There are several things you can do to help...
  • The activities below are ways for students to enjoy the music of English.PoemsChoose short simple poems that are close to students' lives. These poems are not for heavy analysis.They are for saying aloud.Give pairs a poem to read together. Ask them...
  • Postcard prompts  Prepare pairs of postcards from your home town, if you can or e cards from the Internet . Postcards can be marked A and B.Give each student a postcard to read and explain that their friend has sent it to them. Ask comprehension...
  • Cartoons are powerful teaching tools and can: Tell a complex story in a few imagesProvide comment and provoke thought on events and issues in the newsGive an example of vocabulary related to current trends and fadsProvide easily identifiable...
  • Introduction In the last teaching tip we looked at how to adapt materials for mixed ability groups. This is the most common type of adaptation that teachers have to do. However, there are times when you may have to adapt materials because of the age...
  • Provide careful preparation – give lots of vocabulary practice and language practice beforehand Offer visual support – a grid to follow, a table to complete, a series of picture cards to hold will help students focus and remember language Half an...
  • In this tip I’d like to offer a few suggestions for activities using realia and to consider why we may want to bring things into the class.Why use realia in class?The main advantage of using real objects into the classroom is to make the learning...
  • Any authentic material exposes students to some ‘real English’ and can be very motivating for your students, provided they are supported throughout the task. The other great thing about poems is for students to have the opportunity to see the...
  • Taking some ‘time out’ from regular classes and doing something completely different can really help group dynamics and you may also give quieter or less able students a chance to shine. Making a class magazine is a project that will appeal to most...

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