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‘Our teacher is always stressed. All he does is shout, shout, shout. He needs to calm down, stop taking it out on us’

I often...

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English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or ...

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Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely mono-cultural groups of...

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Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years...

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If you're interested in finding out more about the North East, why not listen to an interview with somebody from Sunderland, one of the...

Building a lesson around a sitcom - culture article
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Like any piece of authentic material the possibilities for using a sitcom in the classroom are boundless.

Making culture happen in the English language classroom - culture article - guest writers
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This is the second in a series of articles by our Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

Culture - the fifth language skill - culture article - guest writers
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This is the first in a series of articles by our third Guest Contributor Barry Tomalin.

  • Schools and teachers are usually very good at thinking about the well-being of their pupils. We consider ourselves to have a duty of care to our pupils. We do not usually think about our own well-being – until it is too late and we are sick. People...
  • Folk tales from all cultures have universal themes and at the same time tell us about specific features that can illuminate and alter our perception of those other cultures, often through metaphor.Insights into other culturesI know of no other...
  • I was expecting it to be a fairly unpleasant task. Teenagers, as everyone knows, are nasty pieces of work - arrogant, spotty, ill tempered, unpredictable and generally unlikeable. Even their parents find them difficult to stomach. Fortunately for...
  •  ListeningClick here to download the interview with Amy, from SunderlandLesson plan
  • Depending on your style of teaching you might like activities that are more - or less - controlled. Informal discussions, structured language analysis, role-plays, review writing .... If it works for you and your students, it's valid.
  • In my first article for this intercultural forum I outlined why we needed to rethink the teaching of culture in ELT and put forward arguments for treating culture as a 5th language skill. This second article looks at teaching the cultural agenda in...
  • What do we mean by 'culture'? Many teachers quote the Dutch psychologist Geert Hofstede’s maxim ‘Software of the Mind’, the subtitle of his 2005 book ‘Cultures and Organisations’. What culture covers is the commonly held traditions, values and ways...
  • 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...