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Recently I had the privilege to spend a day with the brilliant teachers and wonderful pupils at the St Christopher Academy Trust...

By developing their ability to listen well we develop our students' ability to become more independent learners, as by hearing...

In the language classroom we often ask students to talk about or refer to their personal situation and experiences. This is seemingly...

Our guest walked down the aircraft steps onto the tarmac and was greeted by a small band and a few dancers dressed in traditional...

In recent years a debate has developed over which approaches to structuring and planning and implementing lessons are more effective....

Action research can make you a "student of teaching" (John Dewey). 

Experienced teachers sometimes ask themselves the question, 'Am I ready to be a teacher trainer?'

Visualisation has been widely used in sports psychology over the last 30 years to enhance all aspects of performance. In this article I...

In a previous article, I emphasised the importance of ...

In November 2014, at The Image Conference in Córdoba, Spain, we presented a short video called A Visual Manifesto for Language...

What makes an effective piece of writing? Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple...

As the saying goes, ‘Art is all around us’. In its many forms it presents fantastic opportunities for discussion, focused language work...

Using arts and crafts in the classroom can be an excellent way to facilitate language learning with young learners. 

Asking questions is a natural feature of communication, but also one of the most important tools which teachers have at their disposal...

The term Business English can cover a multitude of things. When someone says they teach business English or they are studying business...

In this article, we'll be looking at how to measure the progress of advanced level students. We'll be faced with the dual problem of...

Using audio with text is the easiest extension from just using text. In its most effective form this consists of a recording being made...

I was teaching a monolingual group of 12 teenagers (15-17) at upper-intermediate level who were following a course book. The students...

Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History...

This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool.

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Recently I had the privilege to spend a day with the brilliant teachers and wonderful pupils at the St Christopher Academy Trust...

A framework for planning a listening skills lesson - listening article
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By developing their ability to listen well we develop our students' ability to become more independent learners, as by hearing...

A Personality Orientated Approach to EFL Teaching - methodology article
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In the language classroom we often ask students to talk about or refer to their personal situation and experiences. This is seemingly...

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Our guest walked down the aircraft steps onto the tarmac and was greeted by a small band and a few dancers dressed in traditional...

A Task-based approach - methodology article
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In recent years a debate has developed over which approaches to structuring and planning and implementing lessons are more effective....

Action research - methodology article
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Action research can make you a "student of teaching" (John Dewey). 

Am I ready to be a teacher trainer? - methodology article - guest writers
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Experienced teachers sometimes ask themselves the question, 'Am I ready to be a teacher trainer?'

An introduction to using visualisation - methodology article
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Visualisation has been widely used in sports psychology over the last 30 years to enhance all aspects of performance. In this article I...

Analysing Language - methodology article
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In a previous article, I emphasised the importance of checking understanding in the process of teaching new structures and lexis,...

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In November 2014, at The Image Conference in Córdoba, Spain, we presented a short video called A Visual Manifesto for Language Teaching...

Approaches to process writing - writing article
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What makes an effective piece of writing? Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple...

Art in the classroom - resources article
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As the saying goes, ‘Art is all around us’. In its many forms it presents fantastic opportunities for discussion, focused language work...

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Using arts and crafts in the classroom can be an excellent way to facilitate language learning with young learners. 

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Asking questions is a natural feature of communication, but also one of the most important tools which teachers have at their disposal...

Aspects of Business English - methodology article
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The term Business English can cover a multitude of things. When someone says they teach business English or they are studying business...

Assessing advanced students' progress - methodology article
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In this article, we'll be looking at how to measure the progress of advanced level students. We'll be faced with the dual problem of...

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Using audio with text is the easiest extension from just using text. In its most effective form this consists of a recording being made...

Audio exchange project - speaking article
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I was teaching a monolingual group of 12 teenagers (15-17) at upper-intermediate level who were following a course book. The students...

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Sometimes looking back can help us look forward. My talk - The History of Video in ELT, given at the Image conference – came about as a...

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This article takes a look at blogging, which is becoming increasingly popular as a language learning tool.

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  • 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.Poetry...
  •  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...
  • At a recent teacher’s meeting, I asked colleagues how many had learners in their classes who seem to miss part or all of instructions. The response was unanimous; everyone had someone and the conversation soon included descriptions of particular...

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