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Homework

Homework is a contentious issue in the place and country where I work.

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Lizzie Pinard - keeping your learning going in the summer break

In many parts of the world, learners are coming up to a long summer break.

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Vicky Saumell - Turning homework into an effective learning opportunity

Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure.

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Katherine Bilsborough - Taking the stress out of homework: 5 tips and 5 tasks

Homework can be stressful – for the students who are often over-burdened, for the teachers who are already up to their necks in marking...

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Ceri Jones - Taking stock

Whether it's at the end of the school year, at the end of term, or just when you feel like taking stock, here's an idea for...

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The 7-step Listening Challenge

How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ?

Phonemic chart
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Sandy Millin: Micro-dictations

Back in November, my pre-intermediate students were listening to a coursebook text.

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Look, Listen & Learn

I think that one of the most difficult things with listening activities is actually making them interesting.

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Authentic Listening, Genuine Tasks

Receptive skills - in particular the art of processing listening texts - often hold an important position in curricula.

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Adam Simpson - Homework: Should we give it or not?

Homework… should we or shouldn’t we?

Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer
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Larry Ferlazzo: Ideas for strengthening English skills over the summer

Our school year ended in mid-June and our District had little money for actual summer school.

  • Homework is a contentious issue in the place and country where I work. I have lived and worked in Thailand for 15 years and have had many conversations with parents, teachers, senior teachers and students about the issue. In Thailand, homework is...
  • In many parts of the world, learners are coming up to a long summer break. What can they do during a longer period like this to maintain and develop their English? Apart from the typical ‘read a book’ or ‘Watch films in English’, what tools and...
  • Homework is a complex issue with many factors affecting its success or failure. To begin with, homework is usually loaded with negative connotations. How can we turn homework into an effective language learning opportunity?It is important to...
  • Homework can be stressful – for the students who are often over-burdened, for the teachers who are already up to their necks in marking, and for the parents of young learners, constantly fighting (and losing) homework battles with their children....
  • Whether it's at the end of the school year, at the end of term, or just when you feel like taking stock, here's an idea for using images to review what you've done and look forward to what might come next.First look back through your classes over...
  •  How can your students develop their listening while away from your English classes ? A learner training moment of reflection on how to take responsibility for their language acquisition.   Quiz me   *Do you need to train your ears for the...
  • Back in November, my pre-intermediate students were listening to a coursebook text. There was an Irish speaker telling a story about his aunt and uncle’s holiday, and most of the students had no idea what he was saying. It wasn’t just his accent...
  • I subscribe to the school that if you are not interested then you won’t be engaged, and if you are not engaged then you don’t learn. So I try to find things that are fun for my students to listen to, and because if it’s fun, it’s also interesting...
  • This is probably due to the quite simple notion that the development of good listening skills, particularly dealing with unknown vocabulary and inferring meaning, needs to be dealt with within a controlled environment i.e. the classroom. Teaching...
  • Homework… should we or shouldn’t we? What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? Are we really helping our learners develop their language skills or are we merely complicating their lives? Here are my favourite four arguments for and against...
  • Our school year ended in mid-June and our District had little money for actual summer school. We used to have over one thousand of our students attending for at least six weeks — not because they were failing and had to retake classes, but because...