• I will identify a number of learning theories, together with a list of considerations and cautions with some insights that I have gained from trying to make listening in my classroom more comprehensible.The nature of listeningWhy we need to develop...
  • An episode generally lasts 30 minutes - so we don't have to worry about students getting bored or losing the plot - as sometimes happens when we watch a feature film. Sitcoms are often repetitive too. Students who watch more than one episode become...
  • This article presents my research into the pronunciation of global English and gives some teaching implications. What is global English?What are the implications of EIL for pronunciation?The findings from researchWhat are the implications for...
  •   What's wrong with using a coursebook? A topic-based syllabus Structuring the course Needs analysis Set short-term objectives Remedial grammar Error correction Variety Conclusion  
  • No, teachers expect more respect in valuing their skills. The problem is that teachers don't really like to be evaluated. There are a number of reasons why:1) They don't trust the testing systemHowever the evaluation is done, or whoever does the...
  • There are picturebooks created with an older audience in mind; they often work on many levels, satisfying both younger and older readers, their humour can be rip-roaring their underlying messages appreciated on multiple levels and in different ways...
  • Learners are much better at giving each other accurate and sensitive feedback than we suspect, and this activity gives them the opportunity to demonstrate it.Divide the class into groups of three, composed of Student A, Student B and Student C. If...
  • Why did we make this film?One of the more popular questions we have been getting is why we made the film in the first place. A lot of what we have been experiencing in our own work and in our daily lives made us feel compelled to create something...
  • Click on the headings below to find out more about available materials and support for teachers in each area.
  • And make no mistake, this is an activity that should be done after the student has done some study of the work. It should not be used as an introduction – this would be squandering the opportunity to explore beneath the surface of the words....
  •  Finding appropriate textsIt isn’t too difficult to find access to short stories and poetry on-line, especially classics which have passed beyond the copyright date. For example www.world-english.org offers free access to a number of British and...
  • For example there is a certain inspirational zeal that inspires the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival to offer a significant prize for the best film based on a poem – the prize is awarded to the filmmaker whose use of verse in film...
  • Graphic novelsWestern countries have adopted the manga tradition in the form of graphic novels which have more recently resulted in the award winning Manga Shakespeare series, produced by the publishers Self Made Hero. Advocates of manga and graphic...
  • There is a lot the teacher can help with but for students to really get ahead, time spent in the classroom is not enough; they need lots of practice outside class too.It is very important for a teacher to consider what students are doing outside...
  • In June 2013, during the end-of-year party, a group of girls performed a cover of the Cup Song in front of all the members of our school. They had been inspired by Anna Kendrick in the film Pitch Perfect which started off an internet craze of 'Cup...
  • The ‘Teaching Unplugged’ or ‘Dogme ELT’ movement has a very strong following amongst teachers.  In fact, the Dogme ELT discussion list, which was originally set up in March 2000 by Scott Thornbury to help bring this style of teaching to the fore,...
  • ConversationConversation is by nature unpredictable because spontaneous questions and real answers will send people off on tangents. Our learners will always come up against the following problems, which technology can help with: I want to say...
  • 1. Management factorsCLIL, like any other current educational reform, can be a victim of the whims of political parties and ministries of education and the time frames within which they work. Moving from teaching a national curriculum area in the...
  • “Follow Me”, the BBC video crash course from the late 70s, is a revealing way to see how video was used in the beginning. The series commonly showed functional language contexts with heavily scripted and rather unnatural dialogue. The purpose of...
  • Many English Clubs are moderated by English teachers, but this doesn’t necessarily always have to be the case. Student support workers or even students themselves can often make great moderators.The principles of a successful English club:
  • 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.To illustrate the idea that every picture does not tell a story, we could...
  • Though this school is not a mainstream ‘regular’ school it very much follows the UK national curriculum. A number of the children go onto further education and the focus is on developing life skills for all whatever the learning challenge using a...
  • ‘I know I have children with special educational needs in my class, I want to help them and we are supposed to promote inclusion, but I really am not sure how to do this’Vera, primary teacher from Spain‘Some of the children in my class are really...
  • As teachers we know that good communication is vital for successful learning, so it is not surprising that this is a worry for English language teachers across the world. Communication skills help children to understand and explain the world around...
  • If the answer to one or all of the above is yes, then this article is definitely for you!For so many teachers the word “blind” may mean that the student sees nothing at all and as a result they may not make the effort to make the teaching...

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