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A business letter

In this activity, learners attempt to re-write an inappropriately informal business letter in a more appropriate, formal style.

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Collocation pelmanism

This activity follows on from the Think article Lexical exploitation of texts. It is often necessary to recycle new words several times in class before they become part of learners' active vocabulary, and the same is true of collocations.

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Analysing Language

In a previous article, I emphasised the importance of checking understanding in the process of teaching new structures and lexis, particularly through the use of concept questions.

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The child as a learner 2

In the first part of this two-part article we looked at how children learn a language and how to create the right environment for learning.

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Scrabble letters

Here are some useful learning activities based around scrabble letters.

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Lucky

'Lucky' is a kit based on the short story by Jane Rogers, and is the first in a series of BritLit projects in collaboration with Comma Press. Unlike previous kits, 'Lucky' uses the spoken rather than the written word as its primary source, and the story is read by the author on an mp3 audio file.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

This BritLit Primary Kit has been designed for use with any version of the tale. The kit integrates a range of mixed-ability cross-curricular materials within the context of the tale in order to actively engage children and develop their cognitive, linguistic and social skills.

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Quick revision games

Divide the class in two teams. Give each team a set of slips with five (or three or two, depending on their level) things they have to name.

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Theories of reading 2

This article is the second of two parts.

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Emergency landing

'Emergency Landing' is a very short story by Louise Cooper, from her collection of very short stories called 'Short and Scary'. This kit is the third in the series for young teens. Engine problems during a flight cause the crew to look for somewhere safe to land and for passengers to wonder about what might happen when they make an emergency landing. But nothing is quite as it seems.

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