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Teen angst

Partly because I was always being asked whether my books Junk and Doing it were autobiographical, I started to write a memoir some years ago on my own teenage years, 14 - 19.

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Kids and poetry

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kids and poetry

Poetry is a great tool to use with your students as it helps practise not only listening, speaking, reading and writing skills all together, but stretches students’ imaginations too.

Using poetry in the classroom may seem daunting at first, but below you’ll find steps and tips to help you get your students appreciating and writing poems.

Introducing poetry

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Learning styles and teaching

Your students will be more successful if you match your teaching style to their learning styles.

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Presentation for teachers

Do you think about colours, fonts and grouping when you use a board or prepare a presentation?

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Personalised speaking

People spend a huge chunk of their everyday conversation time talking about themselves and the people they know, so the most natural thing in the world is for us to invite our students to do the same.

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Pre-listening activities

Pre-listening activities - listening article

Listening skills are hard to develop. Students can do a variety of work before listening to help them understand.

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Revision activities

On this page you will find lots of ideas for classroom activities to help your students with revision.

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Kids and speaking

kids and speaking teaching kids article

Here are some ideas for practising speaking in class with young learners.

A reason to speak
Make sure that the children have a reason for speaking, for example, they need to talk to their partner to complete a picture or to find information in order to make a graph. Think about the questions you ask in class. If you ask ‘Is this a pencil?’ children can only respond either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. And of course you already know it’s a pencil so the question isn’t real. If you hide the pencil in a bag and ask ‘What’s in the bag?’ this is now a fun game and students are motivated to answer using a wider range of language.

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Group discussion skills

Group discussions occur in many different formats – from very informal ones between friends to highly structured and challenging discussions included as part of a selection process.

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The English Language in Development

In this fascinating and very readable paper on English and development, Hywel Coleman looks at questions such as the role of English in employability, in international mobility, in accessing information, and English as an impartial language.

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