Sitcoms as a tool for ELT

      English teachers have been using videos in the classroom for decades and, more recently DVDs and online video clips from Youtube or Myspace. Sitcoms are an excellent classroom resource for a number of reasons.

      An episode generally lasts 30 minutes - so we don't have to worry about students getting bored or losing the plot - as sometimes happens when we watch a feature film.

      Average: 3.6 (115 votes)

      Storytelling to celebrate cultural diversity

      Many of us work with groups of students from more than one cultural background while others teach largely monocultural groups of students. In both cases, there is opportunity to celebrate diversity through the telling of traditional tales, whatever the age group and profile of our students.

      Folk tales from all cultures have universal themes and at the same time tell us about specific features that can illuminate and alter our perception of those other cultures, often

      Average: 4.5 (47 votes)

      Taboo in the classroom

      In this article I will review the arguments for and against teaching taboo language and using taboo subjects, then look at some practical ideas for teachers who decide to use this area of language.

       

      Average: 3.9 (23 votes)

      Sense of humour

      For me, one of the most underexploited and neglected areas within language learning is humour. How many course books have a section on humour?

      How many syllabi include the ability to tell or understand a joke?

      Average: 4.1 (43 votes)

      Intercultural learning 2

      This is the second of two articles that deal with the topic of intercultural awareness and learning. The first article - Intercultural learning 1 - sets out the methodological background to this topic, and this, the second article, offers practical suggestions for the classroom.

       

      Average: 4.3 (7 votes)

      Intercultural learning 1

      This is the first of two articles that deal with the topic of intercultural awareness and learning. This article sets out the methodological background to this topic, and the second article - Intercultural learning 2 - offers practical suggestions for the classroom.

       

      Average: 4.3 (27 votes)
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