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  • If we talk exhaustively about how the teacher can adapt the coursebook materials to satisfy the needs of their students, I will tackle another strange issue related to the coursebooks as well. I had an ESL teaching experience in one of the non-...
  • A number of studies suggest that correction - either through prompts that point out the error to a student and require an immediate attempt at a "repair" or through "recasts" when teachers rephrase correctly what the student said - can be a useful...
  • Very often, this happens because what is on the page doesn’t match what the learners want or need, or because what is on the page doesn’t fit with our beliefs as teachers.There are a number of areas that can cause us problems:Mis-matched...
  •  Based on known sources and current production levels, oil will finish in 45 years, gas in 60 years and coal in 120 years! If global temperatures rise more than 1.5-2.5 C, up to 30% of plant and animal species could become extinct.Today is Saturday...
  • Those were the stark words that jumped out from an otherwise mundane BBC article about changes in format and time to the Radio 1 UK Chart Show.
  • It was expected that each course would have a coursebook and my job was to organise lessons around the coursebook and to make sure we worked our way through the book. As I progressed in my career, gaining experience, reflecting on my practice and...
  • As a CELTA tutor, one of the main areas I notice candidates struggle with is what to do after a task is complete. How many times have you moved on to a new activity and the students are still asking questions about the previous one? Feedback is...
  • Correcting people’s mistakes is not a very natural thing to do. It sometimes feels rude or uncomfortable, and we might well feel quite awkward about doing it. In what situation, other than in a classroom, do we stop people from talking and tell them...
  • I didn’t know much about methods and approaches when I first started so the course book did everything. However, after teaching for some time, you start making changes to the activities and make them more suitable for your specific context and you...