Planning a writing lesson

      Writing, unlike speaking, is not an ability we acquire naturally, even in our first language - it has to be taught. Unless L2 learners are explicitly taught how to write in the new language, their writing skills are likely to get left behind as their speaking progresses.

      But teaching writing is not just about grammar, spelling, or the mechanics of the Roman alphabet. Learners also need to be aware of and use the conventions of the genre in the new language.

      Average: 3.9 (103 votes)

      Linguistic Challenges to National Development & International Cooperation

      This publication constitutes the edited proceedings of the 6th International Language & Development Conference, held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in October 2003.

      The conference, which took as its theme ‘Linguistic Challenges to National Development & International Cooperation’, was co-hosted by the Ministry of Higher & Specialised Secondary Educatio

      Average: 5 (2 votes)

      Language and Development: Africa and Beyond

      This publication constitutes the edited proceedings of the 7th International Language and Development Conference, held in Addis Ababa, in October 2005.

      The conference was hosted jointly by the Ministry of Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and by the British Council Ethiopia.

      Average: 4.7 (3 votes)

      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.

      I was expecting it to be a fairly unpleasant task. Teenagers, as everyone knows, are nasty pieces of work - arrogant, spotty, ill tempered, unpredictable and generally unlikeable.

      Average: 3.8 (40 votes)

      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.

      Average: 3.6 (263 votes)

      Learning styles and teaching

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


      Average: 4 (230 votes)

      Presentation for teachers

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

      Watch and listen to Tony's ideas and leave your comments below.


      Average: 3.8 (101 votes)

      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.

      What our students bring to the learning environment is our richest resource.

      Average: 3.5 (103 votes)

      Pre-listening activities

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


      • Why do pre-listening tasks?
      • Aims and types of pre-listening tasks
      • Selection criteria


      Average: 3.7 (314 votes)
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