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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...

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. 

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.

Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the power and abilities of computers to digitise, store and analyse text.

There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners...

The first time I saw Cuisenaire rods being used in the language classroom I had no idea how much fun they could be.

What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that...

English clubs come in many different guises. What they do all have in common, however, is that they provide an opportunity for English...

Getting students to use English with each other is a problem which is often difficult to overcome. Learning Circles are one way to help...

This is the second of Fitch O'Connell's two articles for the site as Guest Writer. You can find the ...

The web is a limitless source of linguistic examples for your students. Google (and other search engines) can be used to organise and...

These days, using information and computer technology (ICT) really motivates students. This article looks at practical examples that...

They say that every picture tells a story. They are completely wrong. 

Many teachers who have tried to take an English class onto the internet have often come back with a similar problem - students who are...

Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an...

E-learning sites range from static Web pages to interactive learning classrooms. This article concentrates on interactive learning...

Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. These days I am especially interested in facilitating students'...

In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

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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...

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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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.

Concordancers in ELT - resources article
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Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the power and abilities of computers to digitise, store and analyse text.

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There are various ways of measuring learners' progress. Whichever method you choose, you should take time out to counsel your learners...

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The first time I saw Cuisenaire rods being used in the language classroom I had no idea how much fun they could be.

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What advice do you give your students when they ask how they can improve their English? One thing that teachers often advise is that...

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English clubs come in many different guises. What they do all have in common, however, is that they provide an opportunity for English...

English Learning Circles - a path to learner independence - resources article
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Getting students to use English with each other is a problem which is often difficult to overcome. Learning Circles are one way to help...

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This is the second of Fitch O'Connell's two articles for the site as Guest Writer. You can find the first article here.

Google and the lexical approach - resources article
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The web is a limitless source of linguistic examples for your students. Google (and other search engines) can be used to organise and...

ICT, vocabulary and motivation - resources article
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These days, using information and computer technology (ICT) really motivates students. This article looks at practical examples that...

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They say that every picture tells a story. They are completely wrong. 

Low-tech learners - resources article
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Many teachers who have tried to take an English class onto the internet have often come back with a similar problem - students who are...

Managers and management training - resources article - guest writers
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Management vacancies that arise in LTOs (language training organisations) can be filled by candidates recruited from outside an...

Motivation and e-learning - personal reflections - resources article
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E-learning sites range from static Web pages to interactive learning classrooms. This article concentrates on interactive learning...

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Music can be used in so many different ways in language teaching. These days I am especially interested in facilitating students'...

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In this article I am going to explore the use of short video clips in the classroom. 

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • “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...
  • One very interesting development from all these technological advances has been the renaissance of the short film. Shorts films have traditionally been treated as the poor cousins to feature films at film festivals, but the ability to create and...
  • The three image types have one thing in common; they need someone to interpret them, to fill the gaps, to pick out the details or to open them out into a bigger picture.The first is close ups. I think close-ups are particularly useful, not for what...
  • By short videos I am referring to short clips such as news items, short documentaries, music videos and trailers for films etc. Using a clip Advantages of using video clips Possible problems Choosing a clip Exploiting a clip ConclusionUsing a...
  • Since then I've used them in both adult and young learner classrooms where they have always been received with enthusiasm.  In his book 'Teaching and Learning Languages' (1988) Stevick describes them as: "wooden or plastic blocks one square...
  • Where the 'magic' liesStories provide shared contexts for rich, natural language development from a very young age, and throughout the primary years. The 'magic' lies in the way stories potentially engage children's hearts and minds, as people and...
  • Over the last years I’ve gradually developed a working method that seems, at least, to tackle the problem. It’s based on using web publishing resources for creating tasks which are relevant to students and that produce tangible results.Case studyThe...
  • A brief history of European Language PortfoliosWhat are Language Portfolios?Advantages of using themThe problems with Language PortfoliosUsing Language Portfolios with young learnersA brief history of European Language PortfoliosTeachers and...
  • The activities I describe are adapted easily to different level groups and types of courses and are even suited to those students who have a less developed musical intelligence.
  • Counselling involves talking through their strengths and weaknesses. It is an interactive process in which they are able to say how they feel about their learning, the course, and their teacher. Why counselling is importantTraditionally, learners...
  • What do they see when they look at your board? In this article we will consider ways of getting the best use out of your board and perhaps give suggestions for exploiting your board in a different way. Board basicsOrganising your boardWhat we can do...
  • I'm fortunate enough to be able to go to quite a few face-to-face conferences every year, generally as a speaker, though I also attend as many sessions as I can at each event - there's always something to learn from any speaker, no matter how...
  • Google is special among search engines in that it has become a starting point for enquiries and data searches of all forms. As most of this data is linguistic, it deserves special attention from language teachers, but until now, search has been...
  • In this article I will be discussing ways that you can use social media in your classes and courses.BlogsA blog (from the term, ‘weblog’) is a self-published, web-based collection of writing and (sometimes) photos. Blogs differ greatly in focus,...

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