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Vocabulary records

When I write a new word up on the board, I rarely only write the word itself. I try to consider what extra useful information I should include.

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Designing Business English programmes 1

Designing Business English programmes 1 - methodology article

This is the first of three articles on designing Business English programmes to suit students' needs.

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Choral drills

I am always reluctant to use choral drills in my classes to practise spoken language but my learners’ reactions always prove me wrong.

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Translation activities in the language classroom

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This article looks at the role of translation as an activity for learners in the ELT classroom.

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Going off plan

It’s easy to digress in an open class discussion or even when talking to individual learners but I do so with great care, as I sometimes doubt the value of this.

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Learners writing on the board

I like learners to write on the board but I try to be careful with this because there are dangers. I always do this activity when learners are in groups so I can give a pen to the group, not individuals, so there is no pressure on anybody.

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Integrating homework and class work

Homework setting sometimes becomes an automatic reflex in my classes and its fit with my lessons and syllabus is dubious.

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Preventing learners use of L1

When all my learners speak the same L1 and I speak the language too then I believe that it has a role to play in classes, but I am very careful with how big a role this is.

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Making time for new words

When we are working with a text that has a lot of new words, like many teachers I try to limit the number to discuss with my learners, as too many can be counter-productive.

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Making a difficult young learner group better

Why are some young learner classes successful and others a constant struggle?

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