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  • 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...
  • I spoke to him recently and got many interesting insights which I have summarised here. You can also listen to and download the full interview here, where you can hear more details and many fascinating anecdotes that I couldn’t fit into this article.
  • 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...
  • Since then it has been an upward learning curve, and I have picked up and stored away a few tips along the way, which may come in useful for any of you who find yourselves in the same boat. Here, then, are 13 top tips for teachers who become...
  • 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...
  • Others going by the time-honoured method of PPP (present-practice-produce) would first present the items of vocabulary that are then practised by the learners in controlled activities which would then be finally followed by freer practice, leading...
  • 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...

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