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16 Aug 2011

Getting teenagers to use English in class can provide a considerable challenge to most teachers. This article examines some of the...

28 Jun 2011

Live storytelling is a spontaneous creative process which fires the imagination. The listener experiences and participates in the story...

Video recorders in the classroom - speaking article - guest writers
19 Nov 2010

I have just become an uncle! My new nephew Tomás is three weeks old today. 

Video for the English classroom - speaking article - guest writers
03 Nov 2010

Exactly five years ago this month, the video-sharing site YouTube was officially launched to the public. Since then, the site and others...

Core activities for using the chart to integrate pronunciation - speaking article - guest writers
20 Oct 2010

I often see the Sound Foundations chart (you can see it below) in classrooms, and teachers using it to bring pronunciation into the...

25 Aug 2010

People spend a huge chunk of their everyday conversation time talking about themselves and the people they know, so the most natural...

17 Jun 2010

Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging...

08 Apr 2010

For many people, standing up in public and doing a speech is one of their greatest fears. For many language students in particular, this...

On being resourceful... - speaking article - guest writers
04 Nov 2009

This is the first of two articles by Gavin Dudeney for TeachingEnglish, during his month on the site as Guest Writer.

Controversies in Business English - speaking article - guest writers
23 Apr 2009

I began teaching business English in 1980 and have observed over the years huge differences in the way we teach.

Controversies in using technology in language teaching - speaking article - guest writers
08 Apr 2009

In his first article for TeachingEnglish, Pete Sharma considers some of the controversies surrounding the use of technology in and out...

13 Feb 2009

Lifelong learning and continuous professional development in my opinion are much the same thing.

04 Feb 2009

Like many others, I rather fell into ELT management.

Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test - speaking article
07 Jan 2009

This is the third in a series of articles looking at evaluating speaking, focusing on the IELTS speaking test. 

Presenting business vocabulary to beginners - speaking article
12 Nov 2008

Pre-selecting, grading and presenting business vocabulary - Is this the way forward? 

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article
15 May 2008

This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an...

Evaluating speaking - speaking article
06 Feb 2008

This article looks at what a speaker needs to be able to do in order to use spoken English as an effective form of communication.

Speaking aids - speaking article
16 Jan 2008

How would your Christmas feel without a Christmas tree or your birthday without a cake? How romantic would your romantic dinner be...

Audio exchange project - speaking article
05 Jan 2006

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

Student presentations - speaking article
29 Sep 2005

In this article I would like to give you a few tips and some advice on what I've learned from helping students prepare and deliver...

Video exchange project - speaking article
29 Sep 2005

This article examines how a video exchange project can stimulate motivation and interest by providing such a context.

Speaking and elementary learners - speaking article
14 Sep 2004

What is 'speaking' in the elementary level classroom?

Teaching speaking skills 2 - overcoming classroom problems - speaking article
16 Feb 2004

This article is written for teachers with large classes of students who have encountered some of the following or similar problems...

Role-play - speaking article
06 Jan 2004

In this article I will outline several reasons for using role-play in the classroom and I will offer some tips for getting the most out...

Find the gap - increasing speaking in class - speaking article
08 Oct 2003

The communicative approach to language learning stresses the need for meaningful communication, emphasising that if students have a...

Teaching speaking skills 1 - speaking article
13 Mar 2003

'I can understand my teacher's English, but when I speak to 'real people' I can't understand them'. This is a comment I'm sure many...

  • Why it's important Long-term and short-term memoryLanguage fitness & agilityAuthenticityWhy they don't use English Peer pressure Lack of motivation Lack of support How we can get students talking Explain why it's important Confidence tricks...
  • When being told a folk tale orally, a group of listeners can also be offered the added opportunity to be physically and verbally active. In many cultures, overtly active participation in oral storytelling is often associated with young children....
  • Mummy and daddy live in Barcelona but his maternal grandparents and great granddad live in Scotland. As you can probably imagine then, Tomás is currently getting used to the mobile phones, Flip camcorders and other video recording devices that are...
  • For the language teacher, YouTube may be nothing less than one of the best sources of material the classroom has ever seen. In this article, I would like to share 12 clips that I have used in my own classroom. I hope that each clip will be...
  • In this article I’d like to speak to those teachers and offer you a basic method for using the chart, in fact a single core activity that powers up the chart, and from of which multiple other activities can be derived according to what you are doing...
  • What our students bring to the learning environment is our richest resource. But if the lives they lead are to be at the centre of the courses we teach, are we guaranteed that students will talk freely and be interested in what their fellow...
  • In both cases, there are a number of specific skills that we can help our students develop to become better able to contribute effectively to group discussions. Why teach group discussion skills? Types of discussion Useful sub-skills for students...
  • In this article we will look at some ways we can help intermediate level students to overcome the difficulties involved and explore some techniques for making their speeches as impressive as possible. What is public speaking? Why is public speaking...
  • The digital divideOne of the issues I constantly come up against in my work is that of the 'digital divide':'The term digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very...
  • For one business English teacher, life is a cold trudge through the snow to a remote factory on the outskirts of a mining town. Over the year, she learns as much about mining as the students learn about language. For another, the students answer all...
  • 'Interactive whiteboards are great!' 'Interactive whiteboards are expensive!' There are many controversial issues in the area of technology-enhanced language teaching. This article explores some of these areas of disagreement; it concludes by...
  • I doubt if many people would say that learning throughout one’s life is not a good aim to have. However, as far as CPD (Continuing Professional Development) goes, I have always been disheartened to see how some teachers are happy to go on much as...
  • One moment I was in the classroom, the next I was sorting out teaching materials into files for the staffroom and the next I knew I had stepped into a substitution job for the absent DoS (Director of studies). Since then it has been an upward...
  • The previous two parts looked at effective communication and whether different elements needed to be able to do so can be evaluated formally, and what ways there are to do this. In this final part we are going to analyse the International English...
  • Traditionally curriculum developers and materials writers have assumed it would be worthwhile to make a selection out of a set of to-be-learned vocabulary items that they would then grade (which in effect means that some words would come before...
  • We start by considering which elements of speech can be evaluated, and which cannot - or should not. We then think about what form evaluation can take and how the different ways to evaluate work. In the third part of this article we will analyse a...
  • For example, speakers need to pronounce individual sounds clearly, understand the functions of language, and follow the conventions of turn-taking. The second part of this article looks at whether these different elements can be evaluated formally,...
  • Probably you agree that these little things make a lot of difference and it is with good reason why people spend time, money and energy to get the right small objects to help them put themselves and their loved ones into the right mood.Why use...
  • PlanningPreparationRecordingExchangeConclusionPlanningAt that point in the syllabus the topic was Festivals. I decided to encourage them to make a radio programme about festivals and special days in Ukraine. We would send the cassette to other...
  •  Why an exchange project?ContextPlanningPreparationFilmingExchange and follow-upEvaluation and tips Why an exchange project?Exchange projects offer students many benefits:The opportunity for learners to communicate in a real and meaningful way about...
  • Why I get students to do presentations Syllabus fit Planning a presentation lesson Aims Classroom Management Assessment Conclusion Why I get students to do presentations Presentations are a great way to have students practise all language systems...
  • Unfortunately, I think that all too often, 'speaking' can be confined to students answering the teacher's questions or repetition and manipulation of form. As my elementary students have limited linguistic resources, it can be difficult to find ways...
  •  Why should we teach speaking skills in the classroom?MotivationSpeaking is fundamental to human communicationDealing with the arguments against teaching speaking skillsStudent's won't talk or say anythingWhen students work in pairs or groups they...
  • Introduction What is role-play? Why use role-play? Tips on successful classroom role-play Bibliography Introduction Incorporating role-play into the classroom adds variety, a change of pace and opportunities for a lot of language production and also...
  • This article looks at how the notion of a gap between speakers can be used to provide a reason for communication. Finding ways to create gaps between students, gaps which need closing, creates speaking opportunities and prompts the creation of new...
  • While it is a bit of an exaggeration, students clearly feel that classroom-based speaking practice does not prepare them for the real world. Why do students so often highlight listening and speaking as their biggest problems? Partly because of the...